Liz Poole - Chairman
Liz Poole is chairman of the Board of Commissioners and a lifelong resident of Cabarrus County – growing up in Concord and graduating from Concord High School. Serving as chair, she is in her fifth year on the Board of County Commissioners.
Poole has great interest in building a sustainable community through local-based economic development and marketing of local food. She is a board liaison to the City of Concord and the Volunteer Fire Dept. Committee. She is also the Current Chair of the Cabarrus/Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization and a member of the Centralina Workforce Development Board, Exit 49 Taskforce, Tourism Authority and Water and Sewer Authority. She also values public education as an integral part of a sustainable community. Career Development is a primary focus of hers, especially connecting high school curriculum with employer needs. Poole previously served 10 years on the Cabarrus County Board of Education, four of those as board chair.
Poole holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in business administration from Queens University, Charlotte NC. She and her husband, Mike Poole, raised two children, who both attended Appalachian State University. In her spare time, she enjoys chocolate, baking, golf and cheering for the Carolina Tar Heels.
Larry Burrage - Vice Chairman
Vice Chairman Larry Burrage is a life-long resident of Cabarrus County. Burrage graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Mid-America Christian University. He is a NC-licensed electrical contractor and general contractor. Self-employed for 32 years, he is owner and electrical contractor of L & L Electric Services of Concord.
Burrage is also president of Independent Agape Ministries Inc., a non-profit he has served for 20 years. An avid supporter of all historical and modes of transportation, he is a member of the NC Museum of Transportation. His many hobbies include restoring old tractors and collecting information about old restored trains that are now in use after being obsolete.
In addition, Burrage is a member of the NC 73 Corridor Council of Planning. He also serves as a board liaison to the City of Kannapolis, Kannapolis Board of Education, Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks Commission, Cabarrus Soil and Water District, Cabarrus County Senior Centers Advisory Board and Cabarrus County Planning and Zoning Board.
The Burrage family has a tradition of community involvement. His great-great grandfather, James Monroe Burrage, was Cabarrus County Road commissioner and was appointed April 6, 1914 to represent the board of commissioners in the construction and erection of a jail and repainting the courthouse.
Burrage has been married to his wife, Barbara Reece Burrage, for 52 years. The couple has two daughters, one grandson and two great-grandchildren.
Commissioner Chris Measmer was born and raised in Cabarrus County, and attended Central Cabarrus High School. During his senior year of high school, he put his lifelong love of politics to work in Congressman Robin Hayes' district office as an intern. After graduation, Chris moved to Washington, D.C. and attended the George Washington University, obtaining degrees in Political Science and History.
While in Washington, Measmer was provided the opportunity to again work for Congressman Robin Hayes and then Senator Richard Burr, and these experiences proved invaluable. He made his move back home to Cabarrus County immediately after graduation, and began working with his father in their family restaurant business.
Shortly after this move, Chris decided to combine his business management skills and love for politics to run for Cabarrus County Commissioner. He was elected in November 2010, and has since provided the county with a traditional and conservative approach to politics. In addition to holding a seat on the Board of Commissioners, Chris also sits on several other county-wide boards, believing that it is important to give back to your community.
While not in the family restaurant or attending board meetings, Measmer enjoys playing golf, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Commissioner Steve Morris owns and operates The Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, NC. He has lived in Cabarrus County his entire life, growing up in Kannapolis and currently residing in Concord.
Morris served on the Board of Directors of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a past chair of the board. He is a charter member, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Cabarrus Rotary Club. He serves on the board of directors of the Academic Learning Center, Under One Roof Cabarrus and the Kannapolis Center City Master Plan advisory committee.
Morris’ previous community involvement included board leadership for the American Red Cross, Cabarrus County Chapter; Cabarrus Advisory Board; Friends of the Kannapolis-Cabarrus Library; Kannapolis Chamber of Commerce; Kannapolis Economic Development Corporation; and the Kannapolis Kiwanis Club.
He also served as a board member for the Barber-Scotia College Board of Visitors; Cabarrus County Library System; Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation; Cannon Memorial YMCA; Piedmont Preservation Foundation; Residents of Historic Concord; and United Way of Central Carolinas.
The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce honored Morris as their 2012 Citizen of the Year. He is a graduate of A. L. Brown High School, attended NC State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from The University of NC at Charlotte. He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Kannapolis and father of two adult children, Mallory and Hunter.
Jason Oesterreich was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2013. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 and received his juris doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2002.
Oesterreich credits his life experiences for giving him a unique ability to relate to people of all different circumstances. Oesterreich’s mother passed at an early age, which caused him to work nearly full time in high school. He worked two jobs through college to pay for his education and took out loans to pay for law school. To Oesterreich, these experiences taught far more than his formal education.
In 2005, Oesterreich and his wife moved to North Carolina seeking a more Christian faith-based community. He moved to Mooresville and practiced commercial real estate transactional law in Charlotte. In 2007, he moved to Concord to pursue a real estate development company with a partner from Cabarrus County.
With his wife practicing estate planning at a large firm in Charlotte, Oesterreich and his family made the decision for him to stay home with his young children beginning in 2013. The Oesterreichs are blessed with a son and daughter.
Oesterreich is involved in his community and church, volunteering at First Baptist Church of Concord as a deacon, chairman of the finance committee and substitute Sunday school teacher. His most enjoyable and meaningful position at First Baptist is as an AWANA leader to students in the third and fourth grades. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Cabarrus County. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, church softball and hiking with his family.