Becky Smith was one of the first two women to have ever been elected to the City Council of Bessemer City way back in 1981. She spent 4 respectful years on the Council there before taking a break to raise her children and take care of her Father…which was certainly understandable, and even admirable. But politics must have become part of her heart and soul, because she ran for her City Council seat once again in 2008, this time serving 2 terms, before then taking on the imposing role of Mayor, which she has held now for over 10 remarkable years.
Mayor Smith has worked tirelessly over these years to advance Bessemer City as a municipality and as a community. She has advocated for new progressive policies for the employees of the city. She has sponsored new planning and building initiatives to help construct a better community. Becky is always working to promote the people of Bessemer City, the community of Bessemer City, and even the City of Bessemer City, as a great place to live, work, and do business.
Becky has been a member of First Wesleyan Church of Bessemer City for approximately 40 years, serving in many capacities over those years. Currently, she is serving as the Church’s Business Manager. Becky was a Jaycette and a charter member of the Bessemer City Junior Women’s Club, now the Women’s Club, having served in all levels of the Administrative Board of that group. She has been a Brownie Scout Leader, President of the Bessemer City Primary, Central Elementary, and Bessemer City Middle School PTOs. She’s served as Treasurer of the Bessemer City High School Sports Booster’s Club for many years, and has even coached a girls’ softball team.
Becky has been happily married to her wonderful husband, Gary, for 52 years. They are blessed with 2 beautiful daughters, Dawn & Karen, and these two daughters have given their parents the 3 most wonderfully intelligent and amazing grandchildren…Devin, 23, Madelyn, 18, and Meredith, 14. Becky has lived her entire life in Gaston County, most of that as a happy resident proud leader of Bessemer City…according to both her and her nominator, City Manager James Inman, “the most wonderful city anywhere!”
Leader, visionary, activist…Mayor Becky Smith definitely carries Bessemer City’s baton as a “Woman Who Rocks”!