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On May 25, 2022 Mecklenburg County Commissioner Ella Scarborough, 75, died in Charlotte, NC. In the 1980s Ella became the first black female Charlotte city council member.

Ella Scarborough

Ella Scarborough

Ella had not attended a county meeting since October 2021 due to medical issues. The commissioner was still paid her salary of $50,000 a year which included general expenses, car, and technology allowances.

In December 2021 Ella wrote an email to County Manager Dena Diorio saying,

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“I’m writing today to inform you that I will be out for the foreseeable future as I am still dealing with health challenges.”

Ella went on medical leave in early 2022.

Ella graduated from South Carolina State University and obtained a masters degree from a university in West Virginia. Ella was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.