Mayor & City Council

Mayor                                Mr. Lew Starling

Mr. Lew Starling

Mayor Pro-Tem             Rev. Marcus Becton, D3

Marcus Becton

Councilman                     Mr. Daniel Ruggles, D1

Daniel Ruggles

Councilman                     Mr. Neil Strickland, D2


Councilman Mr. Holden Dubose D4

Holden Dubose

Councilman                      Mr. Darue Bryant, D5

Darue Bryant


The City of Clinton is governed under the Council-Manager form of government. The City council is the legislative body of the city government and includes a Mayor (who is elected every two years) and five council members, each representing electoral districts, who serve four-year terms. The Mayor is the presiding officer of the Council. A mayor pro tem is selected from the five council members. The mayor pro tem serves as mayor in the absence or incapacity of the mayor. The City Council sets priorities and polices for the city government and appoints a professional City Manager to implement those polices and manage operations (More Information About the City Manager). Clinton's elections are non-partisan and elections are held in odd-numbered years. City residents may call the Sampson County Board of Elections at 910-592-5796 for more information.

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