About Derwin L Montgomery
In 2009 we started something no one expected. Now its time to keep moving FORWARD. Derwin L Montgomery has been the leader the East Ward of the City of Winston-Salem has been looking for. He has stood up to the status quo and has worked to move the East Ward Forward.
Derwin became the youngest member of the City Council in 2009 . He serves as the Vice Chair of the Public Works Committee and a member of the Public Safety Committee.
Derwin comes from humble beginnings, his father a Baptist Pastor and retired educator and mother a book keeper. As the youngest of three Derwin learned early the value of community. He is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, an Eagle Scout and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.
Derwin currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the First Calvary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, NC where he continues his outreach to the community.
Since 2009 Derwin has worked to rewrite the job of a City Council member. He has worked to develop new strategies for Police and Citizen engagement. Together with the Winston-Salem Police Department they have reached to develop relationships with areas of the community who have historically had poor relationships with police. Derwin has also stood up to the Police Department speaking out against their handling of the Kalvin Michael Smith case and police check points that appear to target minority communities.
Derwin has work to create a better environment for business and entrepreneurship in the East Ward and City as a whole. His efforts resulted in the opening the City’s small business loan program to more individuals and is being marketed to more minorities. Due to his great visioning and hard work the city started a new business plan competition that has seen overwhelming support from the community.
Derwin has worked to help rebuild the housing stock and business community in the East Ward partnering with community groups such as the Atkins CDC, Goler CDC and the Liberty Street CDC. From these partnership the community has seen new apartment communities and single family homes along with rejuvenated commercial developments.
Now is not the time to go back to business as usually but to keep moving FORWARD in 2013 by re-electing Derwin L. Montgomery to the Winston-Salem City Council.
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