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Edward Garner Jr.
P.O. Box 155
Fletcher, NC 28732

Phone: (704) 621-6167
Fax:     (828) 483-6073





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Commissioned in the United States Air Force and served six years active duty as an Air Force pilot. Flew combat missions in Viet Nam. Continued flying with the N.C. Air National Guard.  Retired Lt. Col.


Entered law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill upon leaving active military service in 1973. Graduated in 1976.


Corporate attorney with Akzona, Incorporated in Asheville, North Carolina.  Responsible for general corporate legal matters including labor relations, negotiating and drafting business contracts, antitrust counseling, litigation management, mergers and acquisitions, leases, EEO matters, immigration, UCC and real estate transactions.


Appointed in 1985 to serve as Assistant Secretary with the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety by former Governor James G. Martin.  Responsible for general supervision for the Division of Emergency Management, Civil Air Patrol, Butner Public Safety, the North Carolina National Guard, and the Governor's Crime Commission.


In 1989 transferred to the North Carolina Industrial Commission and became a Deputy Commissioner.  Performed judicial and quasi-judicial functions in hearing and adjudicating disputed cases arising under the various statutes administrated by the Commission, including the Workers Compensation Act, the State Tort Claims Act, the Law Enforcement Officers', Fireman's and Rescue Squad Workers' Death Benefit Act, and the Childhood Vaccine-Related Injury Compensation Program.

I served as a Deputy Commissioner for fifteen years, and on March 31, 2004, I retired from the Industrial Commission.  I now serve the citizens of this state by mediating civil and workers’ compensation cases prior to litigation.

In addition to my formal college training at North Carolina A&T State University, I completed the Federal Emergency Management School, Emmetsburg, Maryland in 1986, the University of North Carolina School of Business Administration, Government Executives Institute, Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1987, the United States Air Force Squadron Officer School in 1972, Air Command and Staff College in 1981, and the Air War College in 1994.

 My professional affiliation includes serving on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Military Affairs from 1985-1989, the Governor's Waste Management Board from 1985-1989, the Public Officers and Employees Liability Insurance Commission from 1987-1989, the Governor's Minority Executive Council from 1985-1989, the Civil Air Patrol from 1986-1989.  I am also a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Air Force Association.

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