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Former City Manager Danny Jackson Receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award

Former Mount Holly City Manager Danny Jackson Receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award


Mount Holly, NC – Last month, former City Manager Danny Jackson was honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award at the October City Council meeting. Jackson is retiring from his City Manager position after 33 years of consecutive service to the City of Mount Holly. His assistant City Manager, Miles Braswell, has been selected as his replacement and began in the new role on November 1. 

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the highest honors a citizen of North Carolina can receive, presented to persons who have made significant contributions to the State and their communities through exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments. Jackson was honored for his years of service to the community both as a City Manager and as a leader in numerous organizations in the City of Mount Holly. 

It is a pleasure for me to step aside and allow another an opportunity to embark upon a professional journey as I did,” says Danny Jackson. 

In 1987, Mr. Jackson came to Mount Holly as Assistant Athletic Director, ready for action after his experience as a high school standout in football and basketball followed by his collegiate experience playing basketball at Appalachian State, where he was coached by his mentor and very good friend Coach Bobby Cremins. 

From the beginning, Danny excelled as an outstanding teacher and coach to many of Mount Holly’s young people and was much revered by the children he coached. He gained a reputation that soon elevated him to the position of Recreation Supervisor in 1990, where he continued to demonstrate leadership and close attention to detail that greatly contributed to the overall success of his department.

After demonstrating his abilities beyond recreation, he was transferred to the position of Code Enforcement Officer in 1991, and was later promoted to Director of Planning & Zoning in 1995, including oversight of Public Housing. Due to his successes in these two challenging positions, Danny was further promoted to Assistant City Manager in 2003 while also serving as Parks and Recreation Director.

Ultimately, he was promoted to the position of City Manager in 2010, making him Gaston County’s first African-American City Manager. 

Danny has been recognized throughout Gaston County for his effective leadership, unquestioned integrity and dedication, along with his love for Mount Holly and its citizens. He has also assisted his community through his service on the Mount Holly Community Relief Organization, Mount Holly Black History Forum, Mount Holly Rotary Club where he has served as President, Community Development Foundation of Gaston County, United Way of Gaston County, as Vice Chair and Chairman of the Gaston County Metropolitan Planning Organization, on the Gaston Outside Image Campaign Steering Committee, and Gaston County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Steering Committee.

Mr. Jackson has received numerous recognitions over his career, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Award for his demonstrated love and friendship for fellow man, the Gaston County United Way Doctor Ed Sadler Jr. Service Award in 2017, the Jesse Mae Robinson Humanitarian Award, the Distinguished Rotarian Award, Black History Forum’s Kay Jackson Living Legend Award in 2018, the Mount Holly Man of the Year in 2016, and most recently the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. 

He is married to his wife Kay is the proud father of four children who have provided him with three grandchildren. 

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