Robert W. Gorrell

Term Served

1917 to 1921

Accomplishments in Office

Gorrell was mayor for two terms. His father had been mayor of Winston. Gorrell had been an Alderman for the town of Winston from 1907-1909. While he was mayor, city services were greatly expanded.

The Board adopted an ordinance establishing three main city departments: Public Accounts and Finance, Public Works, and Public Safety. Construction of new hospitals for both blacks and whites were begun. The Salem Lake reservoir was constructed as was one of the finest water treatment plants in the South at that time and the site for a new city hall was purchased.

Robert W. Gorrell