A life-long resident of Cornelius, Woody grew up on Church Street and is still the proud owner of his childhood home. He states that “growing up in Cornelius is an experience that remains in your hear for a lifetime. I am ever so hopeful that I can help bring to future generations the same quality of life experiences that I was so fortunate to have.”

Woody has served the Cornelius and Lake Norman communities as a banker for forty-plus years. Presently, Woody is Senior Vice President, Lake Norman Area for Carolina Trust Bank. His experience helping Cornelius residents and businesses throughout his banking career helps Woody understand the needs of his hometown and the importance of local economic development and the promotion of a business friendly environment.

Woody has worked tirelessly to make a positive impact his hometown. In addition to his s2581473c-894a-496f-9394-ce352f62e776ervice as Mayor Pro-Tem, he presently serves Cornelius and the Lake Norman Region as a Board Member of Little Smiles of NC, a charity benefiting North Carolina children who are in hospitals, hospices and shelters across the state, and the local United Way board. Woody’s service to the community has included past stints as Chairman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Visit Lake Norman, Chairman of the Mooresville –South Iredell Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg and a Past President of Rotary.

Elected to the Town Commission in 2013, Woody finished first in a field of ten candidates. His fellow town commissioners unanimously selected him to be Mayor Pro-Tem. In this role Woody has worked tirelessly to ensure a fiscally responsible and financially efficient town government, making sure that your tax dollars are used appropriately and that your tax rate remains the lowest in the region. As a member of the people’s town government, Woody has recognized the need for open communication and transparency in all operations. To encourage this, Woody has hosted regular “listening circles” around town to help incorporate citizens’ concerns and suggestions into town policymaking.

In his role as Mayor Pro-Tem, Woody represents the town on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO), the Lake Norman Transportation Commission (LNTC), and the Arts and Sciences Council (ASC). He has used his positions on CRTPO and LNTC to advocate for transportation solutions that effectively address and alievate the traffic issues facing Cornelius citizens and to voice citzens’ concerns over the proposed toll lanes on I-77.

Woody attended Cornelius Elementary School and J.M. Alexander Middle School before graduating from North Mecklenburg High School. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Catawba College, Woody returned home to begin his banking career.

Woody is happily married to Sharon Hobson Washam. They have two adult children, Bryan Washam and Kristin Washam Lachapelle. They are also the proud grandparents of four beautiful granddaughters and one handsome grandson. Woody is a lifetime member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, where he has been the church organist since 1966.