Ed Grannis of Cumberland County was appointed to the N.C. Board of Transportation by Governor Bev Perdue and joined the Board in October 2011. He represents Division 6, which covers Cumberland, Bladen, Columbus, Harnett and Robeson counties.
Grannis graduated from Wake Forest College in1965 and Wake Forest Law School three years later. He then joined the U.S. Army and served as an Airborne Ranger with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, serving in Vietnam in 1969-70.
Grannis joined the Cumberland County District Attorney’s office as an assistant D.A. in 1970, and held that role for four years. In 1975 he was selected the District Attorney of the 12th Judicial District in Fayetteville, a job he held for 35 years until he retired in Dec. 2010.
Grannis remains active in a number of organizations. He is the president of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, a member of the North Carolina District Attorney’s Association, chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Fayetteville Academy, a Southeast Regional Advisory Board member of Nations Bank and Bank of America, and a member of the Triangle Transit Board of Transportation.
Among the honors given him are the Order of the Long Life Pine, the Peter S. Gilchrist III Award as the North Carolina Bar Association’s prosecutor of the year, the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award and the North Carolina Bar Association Centennial Award.
Grannis’ term ends in Jan. 2015.
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