• Meet the Mayor and Town Council.

Meet the Mayor

Mayor Karl T. Pernell has been a lifelong resident of Louisburg. Having retired from the US Postal Service as Superintendent of Postal Operations after 25 years of service, Mr. Pernell was elected Mayor of Louisburg. Having served for 14 years as a Councilmember, Mayor Pernell is currently serving his 4th Term as Mayor of Louisburg. Mayor Pernell has been active in community for many years, including:

  • Louisburg Fire Chief – 16 years, working to establish the NC Fireman’s Pension Fund and to lower the Department of Insurance Fire Rating for Louisburg from a class 8 to class 5. This rate change resulted in savings to property owners in the Fire District and an increase in full time fire staffing from 3 engineers to 5.
  • Instrumental in establishing the Central Franklin Fire District and all such districts to provide a revenue source for all fire departments in Franklin County
  • Franklin County Fireman’s Association – President, 3 consecutive terms
  • Region K Council of Governments Rural Planning Organization (RPO -A Regional Transportation Planning entity) – Chairman
  • Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) of the Region K council of Governments – Chairman and member
  • Louisburg Baptist Church – currently a Deacon, Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, Past President of the Brotherhood: 4 terms, and Chairman of Long Range Planning Committee.
Karl T. Pernell,



Council Members

Mayor Pro Tem,
Mr. Christopher Neal

Council member Christopher Neal is in his first term on the Louisburg town council and is currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem.  Mr. Neal is retired after being employed in both the public and private sector.  A graduate of Elizabeth State University and an advocate for domestic violence victims and homelessness.  He believes it is all the citizens of Louisburg that make it a charming, small town.

Council Member,
Mr. Joe Shearon

Mr. Joe Shearon is currently in his fifth term as a Louisburg Town Council member. He has served for 19 years to date representing the citizens of Louisburg, with two of these years being Mayor Pro Tem. Councilmember Shearon is retired after 41 years of service to his country and state as a National Guardsman. Councilmember Shearon has family which resides in Franklin County, including grand and great grandchildren. Recenly, Councilmember Shearon was elected the 2009 “Outstanding Director of the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governents”,  a five county consortium of regional leaders.  Councilmember Shearon has represented Louisburg in various capacities, including:

  • NC League of Municipalities (NCLM) – Board of Directors
  • NCLM Risk Management Board of Trustees – Trustee/Director
  • NCLM Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee
  • Tar Pamlico River Basin Regional Council – currently serving since 1996
  • Franklin County Arts Council – currently serving Director
  • Kerr-Tar Council of Governments – Executive Board of Directors
Council Member,
Mr. Boyd Sturges

Council Member Boyd Sturges has been on the Louisburg Town Council for 7 years, currently serving his second term. During this period he has served as Mayor Pro Tem for two terms and has taken the lead on behalf of the Council on several high profile and highly important issues affecting the citizens of Louisburg. Council Member Sturges is a Partner in the Law Firm of Davis, Sturges, and Tomlinson, located in Louisburg.

Council Member,
Mr. Bill Williamson

Council Member Bill Williamson is in his third term on the Louisburg Town Council.  He has served for nine years, two of which he served as the Mayor Pro Tem.  Council Member Williamson served on the Louisburg ABC Commission for many years before getting elected to the Town Council.  Council Member Williamson is retired after 30 years with the State Attorney’s Office.  He is currently a private practice attorney.  Council Member Williamson enjoys spending time with his wife, his four kids and six grandchildren.

Council Member,
Mr. Tom Clancy

Council member Tom Clancy has been a resident of Louisburg since 2001. He is the owner of Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory and Granny’s Drive In. Tom has served on the Louisburg Town Council since 2014, and is privileged to be of service to the citizens of Louisburg.

Council Member,
Mrs. Emma B. Stewart

(919) 496-2956

Mrs. Emma Stewart has served on the Louisburg Town Council for 15 years, having first been elected in 1993. Having grown up in Louisburg and returning to town after her college education, Mrs. Stewart has seen the many changes that have occurred in the community. Having served as an English teacher in the public schools, Mrs. Stewart has great interest in the local schools as well as other civic interests. Mrs. Stewart is presently or has had past involvement with many state and national associations, Including:

  • NC League of Municipalities – Board of Directors, 2 terms
  • NC League of Municipalities – 2007 & 2008 Planning and Services Legislative Action Committee
  • National League of Cities – Finance, Administration, and Intergovernmental Relations Steering Committee
  • Alliance of NC Dental Society – Past President
  • Person Place Preservation Society – Past President
  • Franklin County Library Board – Past Chairman
  • Louisburg Baptist Church – member and variety of committees
  • Various other committees serving Louisburg and Franklin County