M. Council was appointed to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners in
2000 and was elected as a District 1 representative in 2002. She has been
re-elected every four years since. Her current term expires in 2018. Dr.
Council has served three terms as the board of commissioners’ vice chair and
a member of the Cape Fear Valley Hospital System Board of Trustees, she has
served on the Planning Committee, Executive Committee, Compensation and
Investment Committee, Nominating Committee and Diversity Practice Committee.
Council has served as a Board of Commissioner liaison to the Mental Health
Board, Cumberland County Action Program, Cumberland County Partnership for Children,
Library Board of Trustees , Air Quality Stakeholders Commission, Transportation
Advisory Committee, Criminal Justice Partnership Advisory Board, ABC Board,
BRAC Regional Task Force, Mayors’ Coalition and Fayetteville-Cumberland County
Chamber of Commerce. She served on the Cumberland County Facilities, Policy and
Finance committees and was appointed to the Board of Health and Southeastern
Economic Development Commission.
Dr. Council served as President of the
Women of NACo (National Association of Counties) Network and also served as
Secretary and President-Elect. She was
elected to the N. C. Association of County Commissioners’ Board of Directors, served
as District 6 director 2010-2014 and was elected in 2012 and 2013 to serve a
one-year term as an at-large director. She served on the N. C. Association of
County Commissioners’ Public Education Steering Committee and Human Services
Steering Committee, and on the National Association of Counties Human Services
and Education Steering Committee. She was
appointed to serve as the co-chair of the NCACC’s
Legislative Goals Committee in 2014 and appointed to serve as the chair of the NCACC’s Legislative Goals Committee in 2015. She served as chair of the N. C.
Association of Black County Officials’ Scholarship Committee and received the North
Carolina Association of Black County Officials’ Outstanding Member of the Year
Award in 2015.
Dr. Council has been involved in various
professional and civic organizations to include serving as the president of
multiple educational organizations; president of the Fayetteville State
University National Alumni Association; member of the FSU Foundation Board of
Directors; member of the State Board of Community Colleges and Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. She has served on the N.
C. Democratic Party Executive Committee and as a super-delegate to the 2012
Democratic National Convention.
Council attended Cumberland County Schools and graduated from E. E. Smith High
School and Fayetteville State University. She received an M.S. degree from
Indiana University, an Ed.S. degree from East Carolina University and an Ed.D.
degree from South Carolina State University.
She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a
fellow of the Duke University Institute of Politics.
Council’s professional career included
positions as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, acting
principal, elementary supervisor, curriculum coordinator and federal programs
Council is married to Thomas Council, former president of Council Real Estate,
Inc., and has a grown son, Melvin, and a grandson, Thomas Council, III.