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Chalmers McDougald
Chet McDougald

Chalmers McDougald
Council Member District 4
433 Hay Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
(910) 433-1992


Chalmers L. McDougald was elected to the Fayetteville City Council to represent District 4 in November 2013. Born in Portsmouth, Va., he was raised by his grandmother in rural Harnett County. McDougald's grandmother taught him to believe in God and to seek him through prayer.

There were people in the church and community he looked to for guidance. McDougald saw them prosper by going to work, maintaining family and serving the Lord in church and church-sponsored activities.

Drafted into military service in 1971, he returned home two years later and married the woman he loves to this day, Alice, on April 20, 1973. They have two children and six grandchildren, two sons-in-law and a host of nieces and nephews. McDougald currently serves as Pastor of New Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church. After leaving the military, he worked as a debit insurance agent for the next four years while attending college to complete the degree requirement he started earlier. After graduation from college, he spent the next 25 years working in human resources. McDougald worked with the Employment Security Commission, Offender Aid and Restoration and Cumberland County Workforce Development. His role required him to develop work opportunities for ex-offenders, at-risk youth, dislocated workers, long term unemployed and others that found it hard to find work that would provide a living wage. It was in May1988, he answered the call to ministry. In August 2001, McDougald accepted the call to full-time ministry. He sensed God wanted more out of him and wanted his life to be an example.

McDougald is a graduate of Fayetteville State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a graduate of Campbell University Divinity School with a Master of Divinity.