Board of Commissioners
Mayor — Fred Baisden
Fred Baisden grew up in Gordon, GA and graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA in 1972, with a BS in Industrial Management. He married Terry Stubbs in 1971, and they have two sons. He worked for Milliken and Company in Spartanburg, SC from 1972 until 1976 in various management positions. He began working for Abbott Laboratories in Laurinburg, NC in 1976 and spent five years in production management and human resources. His career in sales with Abbott began in Simpsonville, SC as Divisional Manager in 1982. He retired from Abbott in February 2006 after 30 years of service. He and Terry made Saluda their permanent residence in February 2007, after renovating a family home, which they inherited from his uncle and aunt, Roy and Mary Baisden. Prior to being elected Mayor, he spent two years on the Saluda Planning Board. While working on the Planning Board and attending monthly Commissioners´ meetings, he decided that he wanted to get involved in the day-to-day activities of the city government. As a part of the City of Saluda's governing body, he wants to improve the infrastructure and lower cost for its residents.
Commissioner Mark Oxtoby —Public Safety
Mark Oxtoby was born in Coventry, England and grew up in the nearby town of Nuneaton, where most of his family still resides today. He is a graduate of North Warwickshire College of Technology and Art as a production and mechanical engineer.
He worked for Clarkson International Tools when he made his initial trip to the US to purchase CNC equipment. It was during that trip he met his future wife Carole Pace in 1988.
Mark moved to the States and married Carole at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in February 1990. They settled in Saluda in May of that year. He has one son, Tyler, who is currently at Polk County High School and plays varsity tennis.
He is the Operation/Branch manager for Atlas Bolt & Screw Company in Flat Rock with 29 employees that manufactures and distributes fasteners for the metal building industry.
He has served as Junior Warden of the Church of the Transfiguration, the Polk County Zoning Board of Adjustment, Saluda Planning Board, and is currently on the board of directors for the Saluda Fire and Rescue Department and President of a local Business Park Association.
Commissioner Paul Marion-Parks and Sanitation
Paul Marion originally moved to Saluda in 1982 when his parents purchased a part of the historic Saluda Inn. Paul’s mother, Doris Marion, served Saluda for over twenty-four years as their City Clerk. It was during this time that Paul learned what it meant to give back and serve his community.
Paul attended Saluda School, East Henderson High School and Western Carolina University. After graduating, his career took him into the engineering and construction industry in Greenville, SC, where he has worked for the past twelve years.
Paul married his college sweetheart, Ashley, and they have two children who both attend Saluda school where Ashley is a teacher. After living in Flat Rock for a short period, the Marion’s moved back to Saluda for good in 2017. Saluda is near and dear to the heart of the Marion family, and Paul’s desire to be involved in local leadership is fueled by that love for this special place.
Commissioner — Leon Morgan
Leon Morgan was born in the Piney Grove section of Saluda in 1944 and lived in the Mountain Page Community until he married Judy Anderson in August of 1963, and they moved to their current home on Poplar Street. They have three wonderful daughters, Tammy, Tangela, and Tonya, all of whom attended Saluda School and graduated from East Henderson High School. They also have two granddaughters, Scarlett and Cynthia, and one grandson, Lathan, all of whom live in Saluda. He is a Saluda High School graduate, and he served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968 in Vietnam before being honorably discharged as Sergeant E-5. He has been in the construction trade and furniture business for over 40 years. Some of the pieces of furniture that he has built have been featured in Southern Accents in September of 1995 and Southern Living in October of 1990. He received his NC Contractor's license in 1971 and his Real Estate license in 1992. He served on the Saluda Planning and Zoning Board for three years and is presently serving his third term as City Commissioner. He is the owner of a retail business, Somewhere In Time, which is located on Main St. in Saluda. Most recently, he and his family re-opened the historic M.A. Pace General Store as well. By being a business owner on Main St., he hears and understands the daily concerns of local citizens, and he feels that as a City Commissioner, he has made a difference to preserve the Saluda that he knows and loves for future generations.
Commissioner Mayor Pro Tem— Stan Walker
Public Works/Water & Sewer
Stan Walker is a Henderson County, NC native and graduated from Hendersonville High School in 1965. After serving four years in the US Army stationed in West Berlin, Germany, he graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in Political Science. He and his wife, the former Bevie Conner of Saluda have been married for 49 years and have been residents of Saluda since 1980. Stan's working career was in progressive management positions with Clark Equipment, Rockwell, Volvo and Arvin Meritor where he retired as Human Resources Manager. He has coached various youth baseball, basketball and football teams in both Henderson and Polk Counties. He served on the Western North Carolina Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a member and president. He was a Big Brother for ten years. Stan formerly served on the Planning Board/Board of Adjustments for the City of Saluda.