Who's Who of Top Executives

John Kirkland

Title: Mayor
Company: Town of River Bend, North Carolina
Location: New Bern, North Carolina, United States

John Kirkland, mayor of River Bend, North Carolina, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public service.

Mr. Kirkland’s illustrious career spans several decades, characterized by a diverse array of roles in both engineering and public service. His educational journey culminated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1958. Before that, he gained a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, serving as a strong foundation for a professional path marked by excellence and dedication.

Transitioning seamlessly from his tenure as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, which spanned from 1955 to 1984, Mr. Kirkland made significant contributions in various capacities, including as the facility manager at the Association of Plant Engineers from 1970 to 1974 and as the manager of the electric boat division at General Dynamics from 1985 to 1995. Currently serving as the mayor of the town of River Bend, he also holds positions as a council member and a member of the Water Ways Advisory Board, showcasing his unwavering commitment to public service and community development.

Transitioning into retirement, Mr. Kirkland found a new calling in public service, driven by a desire to give back to his community. He has played a pivotal role in local governance and community development. His commitment to truth and honesty has been the cornerstone of his success, guiding him through challenges and earning him the respect and admiration of his peers and constituents.

Reflecting on his career, Mr. Kirkland cherishes the lessons learned from his experiences, particularly the sense of teamwork instilled during his years in the Coast Guard. His extensive travels abroad have provided him with a unique perspective on global affairs and human interactions, enriching his understanding of diverse cultures and societies. Looking ahead, Mr. Kirkland remains dedicated to serving his community and contributing to its growth and prosperity, finding fulfillment in the camaraderie and social engagement that come with public service.

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