406 Morgan Creek Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Term of Service
2013-2017 (2003-2007, 2007-2011, 2013)
Sally Greene currently is serving her third term on the Town Council. She served eight years on the Council before taking a year off in 2012, then was appointed by the Council to fill a vacant seat in January 2013. Upon her reelection in November 2013, she was selected by her peers as mayor pro tem.
Sally is associate council with BalBrenner, P.A. A native of Gilmer, Texas, Sally moved to Chapel Hill in 1987 after a career as a corporate attorney in Washington, D.C. She holds a J.D. from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1998 to 2003 she worked as a lawyer for the Raleigh firm Fuller, Becton, Slifkin and Bell. Upon her election to the Council in 2003, she continued to work independently as a legal consultant. She has held adjunct and administrative positions in the School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, including the position of associate director of UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South.
During her first two terms on the Council, Sally was instrumental in the creation of the Town’s inclusionary zoning ordinance, sparked a community conversation on homelessness that resulted in a countywide partnership, helped create the Town’s first neighborhood conservation districts, and advocated for environmental stewardship, working to place 92 acres under permanent conservation easement. Other accomplishments include serving on the negotiating committee for the 140 W. Franklin development and helping to negotiate a strengthened agreement with Orange County on funding the public library.
Sally is married to Paul Jones, a clinical professor in the schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. Their son Tucker Jones, a program assistant with the National Endowment for Democracy, in Washington, D.C., credits the Model UN program at Carrboro High School with inspiring him to set his sights on a career in foreign policy.
- Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission
- Community Design Commission
- Council Committee on Affordable Housing
- Housing Advisory Board
- Mayor’s Committee on Affordable Rental
- Mayor’s Committee on Council Communication
- Orange Community Housing and Land Trust
- Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness
The primary mission of the Mayor and Council, as the governing body of the Town is to adopt and provide for the execution of ordinances, rules and regulations as may be necessary or appropriate to protect health, life or property, or to promote the comfort, convenience, security, good order, better government, or the general welfare of the Town and its citizens.
The Mayor and eight Council Members constitute the governing body of the Town. In accordance with the Town’s Charter, the voters elect a Mayor every two years. Council Members are elected to four-year, staggered terms on an at-large basis. Town Council duties include:
- Amendment of previously adopted policies through changes in the Town Code of Ordinances and the Development Ordinance, and by revision of policies and documents.
- Appointment of advisory boards, commissions, task forces and committees.
- Appointment of the Town Manager and Town Attorney.
- Establishment of agreements with other governments.
During the disability of the mayor or while the mayor is absent from the Town, the functions of the office devolve upon the mayor pro tem. The mayor pro tem presides at all meetings of the Town Council in the absence of the mayor. A member of the Council serving as mayor pro tem is entitled to vote on all matters, and is considered a member of the Council for all purposes (including the determination of whether a quorum is present.)