District 1

Don Mial

Don Mial

1021 Penselwood Drive
Raleigh, NC 27604
Wake County: 919-856-5575
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Elected: 2022
Term expires: December 2026

Public Safety Committee Chair

Health and Human Services Committee Member


  • 30-year military career, retired as an Army Chief Warrant Officer Four in 2008
    • Served in support of Vietnam War, Cold War and Desert Storm
    • Deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004
    • Served on Active Duty and North Carolina Army National Guard
  • Intensive Probation and Parole Officer, N.C. Division of Probation and Parole, 1992-1994
  • Parole Case Analyst, N.C. Parole Commission, 1994-1996
  • Director, Wake Juvenile Detention Center, 1996-2001
  • Manager, N.C. Department of Public Safety’s Division of Juvenile Justice, 2001-2006
  • Assistant Facilities Director, N.C. Department of Public Safety’s Division of Juvenile Justice, 2006-2015
  • Instructor at Johnson Community College and Central Carolina Community College
  • N.C. State Employees Association
  • N.C. Association of Educators

Regional, State & National Leadership


  • The Order of the Longleaf Pine, 2015
  • N.C. National Guard Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal (3rd award)
  • Army Achievement Medal (4th award)
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (7th award)
  • National Defense Service Medal (3rd award)
  • Vietnam Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2nd award)
  • Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award)


  • Master of Public Administration (MPA), North Carolina Central University
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ), North Carolina Central University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and Government, St. Augustine College
  • Associate Degree in Paralegal Technology (A.A.S.), Durham Technical Community College


  • Married, three adult children, four grandchildren
  • Enjoys playing golf and riding motorcycles