Firemen's Relief Fund / Board of Trustees


  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Third Wednesday of February and August


Method of Appointment

Two trustees are appointed by members of the City Council upon recommendation of the Mayor; two by the local fire department; and one by the State Insurance Commissioner.

Number of Members


Terms of Office

Four years

Chief Staff Person

Terry Myers
Phone: 336-773-7900

Current Membership - City Council Appointments

NameRace & Gender
Carl J. NuttWhite Male
Bruce V. ToppingBlack Male

Current Membership - N C. Insurance Commission Appointments

NameRace & Gender
Patrick M. AllenWhite Male

Current Membership - Fire Department Appointments

NameRace & GenderTerm
J. Scott Gauldin, ChairmanWhite Male1
Phyllis HeitmanWhite Female1

Authority for Creation

The Firemen's Relief Fund Board of Trustees was established pursuant to authority of the North Carolina Code of 1939.


To govern the disbursement of funds as requested by those people that deem the need for assistance from that fund and to manage and direct the local relief fund.

Special Notes

The fund has a small number of persons receiving benefit. The fund receives a distribution of the one-half of one percent tax on annual fire insurance premiums paid in the Winston-Salem fire district from the NC. State Insurance Commissioner's Office. The Firemen's Relief Fund Board of Trustees transfers the largest portion of the insurance premium tax to the Winston-Salem Firemen's Retirement Fund Association, a private association of members of the Winston-Salem Fire Department that has no relationship with the City of Winston-Salem. Although the Mayor and City Council of the City of Winston-Salem appoint two members to the five member Board of Trustees, the Firemen's Relief Fund is not considered an entity of the City of Winston-Salem.