Darryl D. Moss began his career in public service being elected to the Creedmoor Planning Board in 1987. He was elected to Creedmoor’s Board of Commissioners in 1989. In 1999 he was elected as mayor of Creedmoor, where he served until 2017 after not seeking reelection.
In 2003 and 2004 Mayor Moss served as president of the North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials.
In 2007 Mayor Moss was appointed to represent municipal government on the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission.
Moss served on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors. He was elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors, served as chairman of the NLC Advisory Board and was on the NLC Information Technology Steering Committee.
Mayor Moss was one of the first North Carolina mayors to sign on to Mayors Against Illegal Guns to combat gun violence.
Locally he represented Creedmoor on the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Upper Neuse River Basin Association.
Under his leadership, the city of Creedmoor built a new city hall, celebrated its centennial in 2005 and was recognized as an 11-time “Playful City, USA” highlighted by the construction of new playgrounds at Lake Rogers and Pecan Hill.
Mayor Moss was invited to the White House multiple times to meet with President Barack Obama and the administration. Each time he was not shy about talking about the needs of his community.
In 2010 Mayor Moss spearheaded efforts to secure $9.3 million in Stimulus Funds for Creedmoor to upgrade its water and wastewater system that was built in 1939. He led the way for the city’s effort to secure a $2.1 million Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grant to purchase 142 acres for a park and $1 million from the Federal Highway Trust Fund to build and expand the city’s sidewalk infrastructure.
One of his greatest accomplishments was partnering with local elementary schools to create Government Day. This initiative brought 2nd graders to City Hall to serve as mayor and commissioners for the day to learn about their local government.
Darryl also served on the Federal Bureau of Prisons Community Relations Board, the Vance Granville Community College Endowment Board, the Families Living Violence Free Board of Directors, and was an Organizing Director of Union Bank.
In 2017, Governor Roy Cooper recognized Mayor Moss with North Carolina’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
In 2020, Mayor Moss was named to the Golden Leaf Foundation Board of Directors by Governor Cooper.
Darryl attended South Granville High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Darryl is married to Michelle Braswell Moss. They have two daughters, Mary, a North Carolina public school teacher and Rachel, a Director of Marketing for a restaurant group in Los Angeles, CA.