Mebane’s Montrena Hadley receives lifetime achievement award

Mebane city councilwoman Montrena Hadley was presented Wednesday with a lifetime achievement award for excellence in public service by the North Carolina Retired Governmental Employees’ Association.

The award was presented during a special celebration as part of the organization’s annual Public Service and Advocacy Day at the legislative building in downtown Raleigh.

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.

Hadley was appointed last fall to serve on the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board, a division within the state Department of Insurance responsible for certifying all code enforcement officials in the state.

Hadley was previously named the Member of the Year for the N.C. Association of Zoning Officials in 2016. She 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.

Hadley and her husband, Michael Hadley, have two grown children and two grandchildren.