Mayor Roberson"Knightdale is one of the most diverse and affordable places to live in Wake County.  As we continue to attract a diverse demographic and strive to identify and implement programs and services that support and embrace all citizens. Being ideally located, Knightdale is becoming one of the most desired, premier destinations in North Carolina where one can work, live and play. I encourage you to come visit us and experience everything that makes Knightdale wonderful."

James Roberson is originally from Wilson, North Carolina and is a graduate of Hunt High School.  His educational background includes a BA in Communications from Shaw University and an MLS from North Carolina Central University.  He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and is presently employed by Wake Technical Community College as Senior Dean of Instructional Support and Chief Campus Officer of the Western Wake Campus.  James was elected to the Knightdale Town Council in 2007 and served two consecutive terms as Councilman before being elected as Mayor in 2015.  He has served on several committees including Public Safety, Finance and Nominating for the Town of Knightdale.

Throughout Wake County, he has served on numerous boards and committees that include Knightdale Chamber of Commerce, East Wake Education Foundation, Wake County Growth Task Force, East Wake Gang Prevention Partnership, Wake County Sustainability and Collaborative Partnership for Excellence in Youth Development, East Wake Community Assessment Advisory and Human Capital Development, United Arts Council, Loaves & Fishes and Passage Homes.  He was appointed by the Wake County Commissioners to Chair the Executive Board for the Raleigh/Wake County African American Cultural Festival and became the 2010 Census Interim Governmental Chair.  Mayor Roberson is also a member of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Board (CAMPO). 

Mayor Roberson is an active member of the Wake County Mayors Association and North Carolina Mayors Association.  Other endeavors include supporting the Wake County Transit Plan, as Co-Chair of the Moving Wake County Forward Campaign and hosting “Knightdale Views,” a television talk show that relays pertinent information regarding government, health and socio-economic issues to thousands of citizens.  Mayor Roberson is the founder of the Knightdale Educational Festival or K-Fest. This educational festival connects community members with educational opportunities, local non-profits, health and wellness and provides scholarships for the underserved community.   He is a volunteer for Read-Ins with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Chi Rho Omega and Hodge Road Elementary. 

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing tennis, music and mentoring.  James and his wife Sharon live in Knightdale, NC.


Statutory Authority

  • North Carolina General Statute 160A-67:
    ...The powers and duties of the Mayor shall be as such as are conferred upon him by law, together with such other powers and duties as may be conferred upon him by the council pursuant to law. The Mayor shall be recognized as the official head of the city for the purpose of service of civil process, and for all ceremonial processes.
  • North Carolina General Statute 160A-69:
    The Mayor shall preside at all council meetings, but shall have the right to vote only when there are equal numbers of votes in the affirmative and in the negative...



Mayor James Roberson 
1201 Matthews Glen Drive
Knightdale, NC 27545