Jacques K. Gilbert

For Town of Apex Mayor

In 2019, I envisioned a new journey to pursue the office of the people of Apex. Thanks to you, the vision became a reality and I jumped into my new assignment as Mayor of our amazing community. Serving my hometown for the last 3.5 years as mayor in addition to serving as a police officer at Apex Police Department for 29 years, has provided me with endless opportunities to implement problem based solutions through building solid community relationships and navigating through some unprecedented challenges. Through it all, we pressed forward together, believing in the best for Apex, and never giving up on each other.

As we continue to build on our success, it’s incumbent that we engage even more community members — ultimately gaining more insight, ideas, and experiences to ensure the Apex of tomorrow is even better than the Apex of today. I believe we can continue to enhance the quality of life for our fellow Apex citizens with compassion while focusing on community, communication and commerce. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to create unique and authentic ways to connect with community members and hearing your concerns — my commitment to represent your voice to develop the best plan forward for Apex remains a priority. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve you. 

There is nothing we can’t accomplish when we work together.
This is Apex!


About Jacques

Apex native with a strong history of leadership, community service, and accomplishments.

Community Service

  • Town of Apex Employee- 29 years of Police Service – Retired at the rank of Captain Apex Police Department, April 2019
  • North Carolina Justice Education and Training Standards Commissioner, 2022 – present
  • Executive Board Member of NC CAMPO (North Carolina Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization), 2019 – present
  • SAFEchild NC Board Member, 2023 – present
  • Apex High School Hall of Fame Committee Member, 2020 – present
  • Wake County Mayors Association Member, 2019 – present
  • At-Large Executive Committee Member – NC Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, 2021 – present
  • Town of Apex Personnel Committee Chair, 2019 – present
  • Town of Apex Economic Development Committee Chair, 2019 – present 
  • Town Council Apex Chamber of Commerce Liaison – 2019 – present
  • Creator of Apex Police Department  “Christmas with a Cop” program
  • Co creator of Apex Police Department “Apex Night Out”
  • Visionary – Rogers Family Skate Plaza – opened August, 2015
  • Youth Basketball Head Coach – Apex Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (18 years)
  • School Resource Officer – Apex High School 1998-2004
  • Founder of 3D Women’s Self Defense System- trained to date over 3200 people
  • Founder and President of Blue Lights College -2016 – present
  • Board member Apex Public School Foundation – 2018 – 2023
  • Board member ShieldNC – 2017 – 2021


  • President Barack Obama Champion of Change Award presented at the White House – September, 2015
  • State of NC “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” award – Governor Roy Cooper – 2018
  • Community Bridge Builder Award – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – 2017
  • Log Pond Historical Society Man of the Year – 2017
  •  NC Automotive Dealers Association & Fox 50 “Hometown Heroes” Award – 2017
  • Town of Apex Citizen of the Year – Apex Chamber of Commerce -2016
  • Town of Apex Community Service Award – Apex Chamber of Commerce – 2015
  • White Oak Foundation Community Legacy Award – 2016
  • Think Apex Community Service Award Nominee – 2018
  • American Legion Law Enforcement Certificate of Commendation – June, 2018
  • Tar Heel of the Week – News & Observer- Nov, 2017
  • MADD Officer of the Year – Governors Highway Safety Program -1994
  • Apex Police Department Meritorious Service Award – 2011, 2017
  • Chamber of Commerce President’s Award – 2002
  • Apex Police Department Officer of the Year – 2007

“So what’s the plan?”
In the days to come, I will be lending my ear to as many citizens as possible to help me establish the greatest plan possible for the future of Apex. I want to hear from you too.

Message from Jacques

Today we are challenged with making sure the Apex of tomorrow is even better than the Apex of today. Quality of life concerns related to town growth, economic development, and family resources are priority in this mission. Many of you have priority concerns such as whether to build another house, cut down another tree, or strengthen our economic opportunities through building more – you are heard. We all have a role in our community to enhance quality living through awareness, education, recreation, cultural resources, efficiency, affordability, and convenience. I can assure this because I have led problem solving initiatives with proven success through building relationships with many citizens and community leaders.

What’s Next? It’s time we define what we want our town to be in years to come.  It starts with me listening to you. My plan begins with your contribution of concerns, ideas, and innovation.  It starts with building bridges. Bridges that connect us and cultivate trusting relationships. With compassion, focusing on community, continuing to improve communication and implementing commerce. With those pillars, we can build a bridge to a bright future. There is no solid plan without collaboration from diverse community members, therefore we must bring everyone to the table. I am confident that building relationships is what will make us better and make things happen. Trust me, I know, I have done it all of my life here in Apex. That same trust allowed me to lead others and make positive impact as a Town of Apex employee for 29 years. This assignment placed me in a clear view to see first-hand, critical issues of our town that impacts quality of life for families. This continues to move me with compassion. My service will always be about people.

It has been an honor to serve as your mayor. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve you. There is nothing we can’t accomplish when we work together. This is Apex!  Thank you, and may God continue to bless our amazing town. 


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