Mebane’s Montrena Hadley appointed to state code oversight board

Mebane city councilwoman Montrena Hadley has been appointed to serve on the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board.

The board is a division within the North Carolina Department of Insurance and is responsible for certifying all code enforcement officials in the state.

No city, county, or state agency inspector may enforce the State Building Code and related regulations without being certified by the Qualification Board. The board consists of 20 members and includes engineers, contractors, inspectors, architects, educators, and city, county, and state officials.

Hadley retired in 2020 after 19 years as the city of Mebane’s planning director and following a 30-year career in local government, which she began in Forsyth County in the 1990s. She was subsequently elected to a four-year term on Mebane’s city council in November 2021.

During her tenure as Mebane’s planning director, Hadley had to know and be able to apply not only Mebane’s zoning ordinances and development standards, but also land use regulations for Alamance and Orange counties. She also helped to steer the city through unprecedented, ongoing growth.

Hadley became a certified planning officer in 2004 and was named the member of the year for the N.C. Association of Zoning Officials in 2016.

She also successfully led an effort in 2017 to have part of Mebane’s historic business district designated as a “Great Place in the Making” by the state chapter of the American Planning Association.

Hadley and her husband of 26 years, Michael T. Hadley, have a 19-year-old daughter, Nina, who is in college; a grown son, Michael, who lives in Burlington; and two grandchildren.
Hadley holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Shaw University and a Master’s of Public Administration from N.C. Central University, as well as multiple professional certifications from the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Her appointment to the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board was announced two weeks ago.

FRIDAY (OCT. 7) UPDATE: She took her oath of office Friday morning from Alamance County district court judge Larry Brown.