Jimmy Keefe was elected to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners as a District 2 representative in 2008, 2012 and 2016 and was re-elected in 2020 for a four-year term. His current term expires in 2024. He served as chairman of the Board of Commissioners in 2013, after serving one term as vice chairman in 2012. Mr. Keefe was also elected to two terms on the Fayetteville City Council from 2001-2005.
Mr. Keefe is a member of the Cape Fear Valley Hospital System Board of Trustees and was appointed to the Finance Committee, Bladen Hospital Board of Managers, Audit Committee, Board Quality and Patient Safety Committee, Planning Committee, and Ethics and Compliance Committee.
Mr. Keefe is a current or former Board of Commissioner liaison to the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance, Mayors’ Coalition, Public Works Commission, Southeastern Economic Development Commission, Cumberland County Veterans Council, Civic Center Commission, Local Emergency Planning Commission, the Arts Council, and liaison to the military. He has served as the Chairman of the Cumberland County Facilities and Policy committee, has served on the Finance committee and the Fayetteville-Cumberland Liaison Committee. Mr. Keefe currently serves as Chairman of the Cumberland County Finance/Audit Committee and as Chairman of the Cumberland County American Rescue Plan Committee. He also serves on the Board of the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mr. Keefe served four years as the Fire Commissioner to the Cumberland County Volunteer Fire Departments and Fire Chiefs Association. During his tenure, Cumberland County purchased a new Emergency Operations Center and in partnership with Fayetteville Technical Community College, a state-of-the-art Fire and Emergency Training Center. Mr. Keefe currently serves on the Emergency Operations Center building committee and continues his involvement in the Fire Chiefs Association.
Born and raised in Cumberland County, Mr. Keefe is a graduate of Pine Forest High School and a 1983 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. After college, he joined the United States Army and achieved the rank of captain.
Since 1987, Mr. Keefe has managed his business, The Trophy House, which was started by his father, Lt. Col. (Ret) John V. Keefe in 1969. In 2007, the business acquired Clark Sporting Goods, a company that served the Fayetteville and Cumberland County area since 1938. Since returning to Fayetteville after his military service, Keefe has been involved with many business, civic and government organizations at the city, county and state level.
Mr. Keefe is married to the former Melanie Solomon. They have three children, Kaitlin, Emily and Jonathan. He is also blessed to have one grandchild, Charleston Rae.