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Councilman Butch Lawter

Contact Information:

467 East Second St
Clayton, NC  27520
919-218-2834 (cell)

Term and position:

  • Councilman since January 2009; term expires in 2019
  • Councilman from December 1999 through December 2003
  • Currently second longest serving councilman, only mayor is longer
  • Council ex-officio for the Recreation Advisory Committee, served as either ex-officio or member since mid-1990s

Civic activities:

  • Triangle J COG (Council of Government) delegate for the Town
  • Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization delegate, previously alternate
  • Western Johnston Water and Sewer Authority, Board​
  • Member of Greater Heights United Methodist Church, previously serves as adult leader for youth group and adult volunteer for children’s church​
  • Board of Directors, Clayton Recreational Foundation since mid-1990s
  • 2016 Volunteer of the Year for Town of Clayton Downtown Development Association
  • Multiple-year volunteer for Clayton Chamber Harvest festival and Christmas Parade
  • Volunteer for 2017 Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Strawberry Festival and first ever Cleveland Christmas Parade
  • Volunteer for Cleveland Parks and Recreation District Committee
  • Focus group organizer, Harmony Playground (formerly Celebration Playground)
  • Focus group organizer, East Clayton Dog Park
  • Focus group organizer, East Clayton Disc Golf Course
  • Focus and planning group organizer, Town of Clayton’s inaugural Tribute to Veterans (Veterans Day)
  • Volunteered at Clayton High School, Cleveland High School, Cooper Academy, and Riverwood Elementary
  • Speaker for Clayton-area Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops
  • Supporter of local arts groups. Clayton Visual Arts, Clayton High School performing Arts, and Clayton Youth Theater
  • Former PTA President at Cooper Elementary (Cooper Academy)
  • Coached for Clayton Parks and Recreation, YMCA, Clayton Little League for a variety of sports for many years
  • 2007 Parks and Recreation Bond Committee Chair
  • Former member of Clayton Civitans
  • Past volunteer for NC Special Olympics Summer Games, Swimming
  • Volunteer for NC Special Olympics


  • 1993 Graduate of North Carolina State University with MS Civil Engineering
  • 1987 Graduate of Clemson University with BS Civil Engineering

Work experience:

  • Director of Environmental Services with WithersRavenel, Inc. 2016 to present
  • Senior Engineer with S.T. Wooten Corporation, 1999 to 2016
  • Field Services Manager with Triangle Environmental, Inc. 1991 to 1999
Latest News
  • We hope you will join us 6 p.m. Monday, July 16 for the Clayton Town Council meeting at The Clayton Center/Town Hall,  111 East Second Street  in Downtown Clayton. You can view the  full agenda pa...

  • On Monday, Clayton Police are switching to a more traditional municipal police uniform: all Navy-Blue!   We’ve been testing different uniforms for nearly a year now – running sample uniforms throug...

  • Our Annual Water Quality Reports for 2017 are now available! Click here for the 2017 Town of Clayton Water Quality Report , which covers the majority of Town.  Click here for the 2017 Town of Clay...

  • All Town of Clayton facilities will be  closed Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day  – except for Municipal Park, where our 38th annual July 4th Celebration and Fireworks begins at 4 p.m.! ...

  • Town of Clayton leaders and staff are mourning the passing of former Planning Director James “Skip” Browder. According to reports from family and friends, Browder, 72, was driving to Oak Island Thurs...

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