Regarded as a community and business activist, Kim Adkins was elected to City Council on May 4, 2010; and at Council's organizational meeting on July 1, 2010, she was elected Mayor. According to city records, this is the first time in 60 years that a City Councilman has been elected to the post of Mayor immediately after being sworn in as a first term councilman.
Adkins is the second woman to be Mayor of Martinsville. She was re-elected Mayor on January 2, 2013.
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Since 2007, Adkins had worked with area state legislators to strengthen protective orders, providing greater safety to victims of violent crimes and abuse. In 2011, Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law, the Linda Bostwick Act, allowing judges to require individuals who have violated a protective order or are on probation to wear a GPS tracking device. The law was prompted by the fatal shooting of Linda Bostwick by her estranged husband. Bostwick was employed by Adkins' husband for many years and was at work when she was killed.
Adkins has been a resident of Martinsville for more than 20 years and has been part of launching the following organizations and serving as founding board members:
- Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation
- Southside Business Technology Center
- West Piedmont Business Development Center
- Fayette Area Historical Initiative
She is a former chairman of the Martinsville Planning Commission and a member of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission. She has completed the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners Program.
In 2011, Adkins was awarded the Chamber's Partnership for Economic Growth (C-PEG)'s Fred Herring Award, in recognition of her volunteerism and dedication to the area's economic growth of the region. The Fred Herring Award is C-PEG's highest honor, given in memory of Herring, who dedicated his professional life to the betterment of the Martinsville area. Herring lost his three-year battle to cancer in February 2001.
Adkins is currently the executive director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board, an organization that funds and monitors the region's five Virginia Workforce Centers and numerous employment services and training programs for employers, job seekers and the youth.
She is the former President of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, where she held this post for eight years. Prior to the Chamber, she was the director of corporate communications and investor relations for Tultex Corporation.
Adkins has a bachelor of science degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and has completed graduate work in public administration. She is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and Candidate Training programs at the University of Virginia in 2007 and 2010 respectively.
Adkins is married to Jeff and has two children, Jack and Claire.