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Board of Aldermen

The New Bern Board of Aldermen is made up of a Mayor and six Aldermen, each representing one of New Bern's six wards.  The members are elected in a nonpartisan election and the current Board was elected in November of 2017 and will serve until the spring or early summer of 2022 due to the election delay associated with the Census. 
Mailing address for Elected Officials:
PO Box 1129
New Bern, NC 28563-1129

To schedule an appearance or make an appointment with the Mayor or an Alderman,
please contact Brenda Blanco, City Clerk, at 252-639-2701 or by email at 
She is also the contact for proclamations and letters of recognition. 


Dana E. Outlaw 

4921 Morton Road 
New Bern, NC 28562

Home: (252)633-1201
Cell: (252)649-4137


Dana Edwards Outlaw was elected to serve as Mayor beginning in December 2013, after previously serving two consecutive terms as Alderman of the 6th Ward since December of 2005.  Dana was married to the former Susan Diane Statham, a New Bern native who passed away in 2000 at the age of 43. Susan and Dana have four children: Janet, Katie, Jenna, and Adam. Dana is the proud grandfather of four grandchildren: Taylor, Hunter, Carly and Keely.  He graduated from East Carolina University in 1976 with a degree in Marketing Research/Business Administration and is presently involved in a self-storage and real estate consulting and appraisal business in New Bern. He is past Chairman of the North Carolina Appraisal Board.

Mayor Outlaw has been involved in many local civic groups since his return to New Bern in 1978, including past President of New Bern Rotary Club, past member of the Craven Community College Foundation Board, past Master of St. John’s #3 Masonic Lodge, past President of the New Bern Board of Realtors, past President of Partners in Education, and past Director of the New Bern Firemen's Museum. He still enjoys supporting the Firemens Museum through fundraising efforts.  In his spare time, Mayor Outlaw enjoys riding his Harley Davidson Road King, spending time with his grandchildren, and playing in the band Cold Biscuit.

Mayor Outlaw enjoys serving the citizens of New Bern and is available by phone at (252)649-4137 or email at  To schedule the Mayor for an appearance or ribbon cutting, please contact the City Clerk at (252)639-2701 or by email at The City Clerk is also the point of contact for congratulatory letters and proclamation requests. 

Ward 1


Sabrina Bengel
Ward 1  

329A Middle Street
New Bern, NC 28560

Home: (252)638-6780
Cell (252)514-5734


Ward 2

Jameesha "Jamee" Harris
Ward 2 
222 Monterey Circle
New Bern, NC 28562

Cell: (252)639-0451

Born and raised in Albany, New York, Jameesha Harris moved to New Bern eleven years ago and has devoted her time to the city to be the change she wishes to see. Alderwoman Harris is the proud wife to her husband of eleven years, Aaron Harris.  Together, they are raising three beautiful children:  Aaron Jr. (17), Tyler (14), and Olivia (6). She possesses a Bachelor of Science in University Studies with a Thematic Core in Administrative Studies from East Carolina University. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Winston-Salem State University.

In addition to her studies, Alderwoman Harris owns her own Real Estate Company in North Carolina. Although the role can be challenging at times, Alderwoman Harris is committed to helping families any way she can. Her community involvement has ranged from serving as Assistant Treasurer for the NAACP to being on the Board of Advisors for the African American Heritage & Cultural Center of New Bern as a founding member and being appointed as a Commissioner to the NC Human Relations Board by Governor Roy Cooper. 

Alderwoman Harris also co-founded the Young Urban Professionals of ENC to help underserved individuals that live in marginalized communities who do not have access to resources to be successful in owning and operating a business. The ambition Alderwoman Harris possesses is a characteristic that she is exceptionally proud of and is motivated by knowing that her actions can have a positive impact on her community for years to come. 

Ward 3

Robert "Bobby" Aster
Ward 3
 200 Baden Court
New Bern, NC 28562

Cell: (252)649-4100


Ward 4

Johnnie Ray Kinsey  
Ward 4
824 Halifax Circle
New Bern, NC 28562

Cell: (252)639-0452
Fax: (252)636-1848

Johnnie Ray Kinsey was elected to serve as Alderman of the Fourth Ward in November of 2009.  He was born and raised in New Bern.  He is the husband of the former Alfreda Mills, and they have been married since 1983.  They have one son, Sean.  Together they own and operate Kinsey Fitness Center since 1982.  Alderman Kinsey has been recognized at the state, national, and international levels for his exemplary performance in the sport of amateur/professional bodybuilding.

Alderman Kinsey has served in various professional arenas including Neuse River Council of Government where he was employed as a Job Developer.  He also served as a Case Manager for the "Sentenced to Read" program.  Throughout Mr. Kinsey's professional tenure, he has maintained his commitment to serving his community.  He is an active member of Foundation Life Fellowship Church.

Alderman Kinsey is quoted, "My goal is to meet the needs of the people that I represent not just in Ward 4, but throughout the greater New Bern community.  I look forward to meeting with citizens, listening to their concerns, and working toward viable solutions for a better New Bern.  My desire is to be an accountable public servant."

 Ward 5

Barbara J. Best  
Ward 5 
845 NC Hwy 55 W
New Bern, NC 28562

Home: (252)637-7419

Barbara Best was elected to serve her first term as Alderman for the Fifth Ward beginning in December 2017. As a lifelong North Carolinian, Alderman Best was born in Elizabeth City, NC and moved to New Bern, NC as a young child. Mrs. Best is married to Stephen H. Best of New Bern’s Pleasant Hill Community.  Together they have raised four children, Anthony, Nakeshia, Crystal, and Taylor. Alderman Best and Stephen proudly serve as loving grandparents to two grandsons, Alex and Christian, and one grand-daughter, Kayleigh.

Before appointment as Alderman of the Fifth Ward, Alderman Best served the City of New Bern as Senior Tax Clerk and Interim Tax Collector leading her to gain over 20 years of financial and customer service experience. She retired from the City of New Bern Tax Division in June 2014. Throughout her career, Alderman Best graciously served the citizens of her resident ward and of greater New Bern.   

Alderman Best continues to make it a priority to serve the community. She currently serves on several organizations including: the Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Ministry, Pleasant Hill Community Association Inc., National Night Out Committee, and North Carolina Adopt-A- Highway Program.

Alderman Best quoted: “My goal is to be an advocate for the citizens of New Bern, not just Ward 5 but throughout the greater New Bern communities.” She believes that the Mayor and Board of Alderman must focus on issues which impact the community and all citizens. “It is most vital that we work together and serve citizens with dignity and respect. I am calling all of you to come together. Be present, be heard, take action and let’s work together to create a harmonious city that can only become even greater than it already is!”

Ward 6

Jeffrey T. Odham  
Ward 6 
5003 Morton Road
New Bern, NC 28562

Office: (252)636-5338
Cell:  (252)649-4285


Jeffrey Odham was elected to serve as Alderman of the Sixth Ward in November of 2013. Jeffrey is the son of B.T. and Joan Odham and a lifelong resident of New Bern.  He married New Bern native Jeannie Haye Odham in June 2002. They have one son, Gavin Jeffrey. Jeffrey and his family attend Latitude Church of New Bern.

Alderman Odham is a graduate of both New Bern High School & Craven Community College, where he earned an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration - Marketing & Retailing.  Alderman Odham joined Glidden Paint Company in 1997 where he has spent his entire professional career (Glidden is now part of PPG Industries).  Throughout his tenure, Jeffrey has held numerous positions from Sales Representative to Regional Business Manager.  Currently, he is a Senior Stores Group Manager responsible for the operations of 20 stores in North Carolina & Virginia with over a $30M annual budget.  In 2002, Jeffrey & his wife became local entrepreneurs when they started a tanning salon known as Sunless Expressions, LLC.

Alderman Odham ran his campaign based on the platform of bringing financial accountability and commercial growth to New Bern.  He was quoted as saying, "I will bring a common sense, business-minded approach to City Hall.  It's time for elected officials to look past the next election cycle and do what is right for the long-term health of New Bern."  

City Attorney

7abd674b5e3c47c5298939d66d7be231_f5072  Michael Scott Davis

City Attorney

Davis Hartman Wright, PLLC 
209 Pollock Street
New Bern, NC 28560

Office: (252)514-2828

Michael Scott Davis was appointed to serve as the City Attorney in 2001. His office is located at 209 Pollock Street, one block from City Hall. Scott has two children, Mary Scott and Michael.

Mr. Davis graduated from New Bern High School in 1983. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987, and subsequently received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Wake Forest University in 1989. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Davis was employed as a management consultant with FMI Management Consultants in Raleigh, North Carolina, the country’s largest consulting firm specializing in the construction industry.

Mr. Davis received his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University in 1994. While in law school, Mr. Davis clerked for former New Bern City Attorney, A.D. Ward. Mr. Davis returned to Mr. Ward’s law firm upon graduating from law school in 1994. Mr. Davis was a partner in the firm of Ward and Davis, LLP from 1999 to 2007.  He is currently a partner in the law firm of Davis Hartman Wright, PLLC.

In serving as the City Attorney, Mr. Davis manages all of the City’s legal affairs. He represents the City in any litigation and claims filed by and against the City; gives day-to-day legal advice to City officials and employees; and drafts ordinances, rules, resolutions, contracts, and policies.

City Clerk


Brenda E. Blanco, MMC, CMC, NCCMC
City Clerk
P.O. Box 1129
New Bern, NC 28563

Office: (252)639-2701

Brenda Blanco began her career with the City of New Bern in 2002.  After serving in two other positions, she was appointed to serve as Deputy City Clerk in November 2014 and in July 2016 began serving as City Clerk.   She has earned the designations of Master Municipal Clerk and Certified Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks ("IIMC") and the designation of NC Certified Municipal Clerk from the NC Association of Municipal Clerks.   She is a member of both the IIMC and NCAMC and serves as the NCAMC District 2 Director, on the Executive Board and  Finance Committee, and has served on many other NCAMC committees.   She also serves on the NC League of Municipalities'  Board of Directors for 2022/2023.  Ms. Blanco was bestowed the honor of being named the 2021 North Carolina Clerk of the Year for her professionalism and devotion.

As City Clerk, Ms. Blanco  provides administrative and informative services to the Board of Aldermen, its Committees, Boards, and all City departments, as well as the citizens of New Bern.   Pursuant to NCGS 160A-171, the City Clerk notices, prepares the agenda, and attends all Board of Aldermen meetings.  She is the safekeeper and preservationist of meeting minutes, resolutions, ordinances, bylaws, contractual and civic agreements, and all other official documents. Pursuant to state statute, the City Clerk is responsible for acquisition and cataloging of historical records. These records are available to the City and the public for research and administrative purposes. She serves as Secretary to the Police Civil Service Board.   The role of the City Clerk contributes to good and efficient government by conveying for action the decisions of the Board of Aldermen and ensuring accurate information and recordings of the Board's proceedings.

The City Clerk prepares proclamations and congratulatory letters on behalf of the Mayor.  To request a proclamation or congratulatory letter, please contact the City Clerk 30 days prior to the event to be recognized.  She is also the point of contact for scheduling the Mayor for conference welcomes, ribbon cuttings, and any other events.  Requests for public records are also submitted to the City Clerk.   Ms. Blanco's office is located on the first floor of City Hall at 300 Pollock Street.

Ms. Blanco also oversees City-owned real property that is sold pursuant to the upset bid process under NCGS 160A-269. These properties can be viewed at City Owned Property For Sale.  For questions about the upset bid process, to see if a property is still available, or to place a bid, please contact the City Clerk.  Sale of properties located within the boundary of the Redevelopment Commission has been suspended at this time.  Other specific surplus properties outside of that boundary are available for bid.