Commissioner Biographies

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Steve Morris
Chair


Commissioner Steve Morris, elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2012, became chair in 2014.
He owns and operates The Gem Theatre in Kannapolis. 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, the Cabarrus Partnership for Children, the Cannon Memorial YMCA, the Cabarrus Board of Health and serves on the Board of Trustees of Rowan Cabarrus Community College.
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 Library System; Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation; 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.
 
 

 
 
 

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Diane Honeycutt
Vice Chair

  
Diane Honeycutt was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2014 and elected vice chair in 2015 and 2016. Having spent most of her life in Cabarrus County, she is committed to being a part of the future of the community.
 
Honeycutt is a dedicated business owner. She began her career operating a chain of baton twirling studios across NC. She then joined her mother, Betty, to develop Team Honeycutt with Allen Tate Realtors. Over the years, Team Honeycutt is time and again recognized for their excellence in client service.
 
As a business owner, she understands the challenges our residents face in finding and securing rewarding work that pays a living wage. Honeycutt supports creating an environment that is favorable for attracting new business, creating quality jobs and fostering economic prosperity.
 
She has served the community through leadership roles with the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce (board of directors and past chair), Concord Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow and past president), Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation (board of directors), Rowan Cabarrus Community College Foundation (chair), United Way of Cabarrus County (board of directors and campaign chair), CMC-NorthEast Medical Center Foundation (board member and past chair) and Big Brothers Big Sisters (steering committee member). In 2016, she received the All American Award from the Southern Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross.
 
Other community service and leadership positions include Coltrane Life Center (board member and chair), American Red Cross (board member and chair), Speedway Children's Charities (board member), Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau (board member), Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (fundraising chair), Habitat Women's Build (volunteer chair), Brain Injury Association (auction chair), Juvenile Diabetes Walk (county leader), Coltrane Webb School (lunch buddy), Concord's All America City Award 2004 (chair) and Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary (charter member).
 
Honeycutt earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. She is a member of Central United Methodist.
 
 
 
 
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Blake Kiger 

 
On December 28, 2016, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners appointed Blake Kiger to fill the position vacated by Grace Mynatt.
 
Professionally, Kiger is a North Carolina licensed general contractor and principal with Simon-Meyer, Charlotte, a construction consulting firm.
 
In 2010, he was elected to the Cabarrus County Board of Education, where he served as vice chair in 2012 and 2013, and chair in 2014. He’s previously served Cabarrus County Government as member of the Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks Commission. He’s also served on the Hickory Ridge High School Athletic Booster Club, Harrisburg Parks and Recreation Master Plan Committee and the Lake Norman Homebuilders Association.
 
Kiger received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia. He grew up in Savannah and moved to Harrisburg in 1998, where he lives with his wife, Nancy. He has two grown children, Reagan and Davis.
 
 

 
 
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Liz Poole

 
Liz Poole is a lifelong resident of Cabarrus County – growing up in Concord and graduating from Concord High School.
First elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2008, Poole has served terms as vice chair and chair. She previously served 10 years on the Board of Education, four of those as board chair.
Poole has great interest in building a sustainable community through local-based economic development and marketing of local food.
She is board liaison to the City of Concord and the Volunteer Fire Department Committee. She is also a member of the Cabarrus/Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization, Centralina Workforce Development Board, Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County, and the newly formed Work Ready Community Committee. She values public education as an integral part of a sustainable community. Career Development is her primary focus, especially connecting high school curriculum to employer needs.
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.
 
 
 

 
 
 

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Lynn Shue

 
Lynn Shue was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2014. He previously served on the Board of Education for 12 years, two as chair.
Shue is a lifelong resident of Cabarrus County. He and his wife, Patty, owned and operated a water treatment and bottled water company until they retired in 1997.
He has a deep interest in schools, children, and giving children the best public education we can provide. In addition to keeping the tax rate as low as possible, Shue would like to help Cabarrus grow through aggressive economic development policies and hopes to help make Cabarrus an attractive area to raise a family, host jobs, and improve upon quality of life.
Shue is a graduate of Central Cabarrus High, class of 1972. He is an outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish. Shue is also a skilled woodworker and actively involved in his church, Charity Baptist. He and Patty have two sons, Ashley and Avery, and two grandchildren, AJ and Harlee Faith.