Bernita Sims

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Bernita Sims
Mayor of High Point, North Carolina
Assumed office
Dec. 3, 2012
Preceded by Rebecca R. Smothers
High Point City Council member, Ward 1
In office
December 2003 – December 2012
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence High Point, NC
Alma mater University of the District of Columbia
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Bernita Sims is the mayor of High Point, North Carolina. She was elected November 6, 2012 with 33% of the vote. Sims, a Democrat, is the city's first African American mayor.[1] On November 18, 2013, Sims was indicted by a Guilford County grand jury for allegedly writing a worthless $7,000 check.


In October 2013, the High Point City Council voted 6-3 asking Sims to resign, citing an investigation into the matter and the mayor’s unpaid state income taxes and a city utility bill delinquency. During that hearing, Sims reiterated she will not resign from office.[2]

On November 18, 2013, Sims was indicted on Monday afternoon by a Guilford County grand jury for allegedly writing a worthless $7,000 check as part of an estate settlement, according to Assistant Guilford County Clerk of Court Adrienne Adams.

On November 19, 2013 Sims turned herself in at the High Point magistrate’s office. She was later released by the magistrate on a $10,000 unsecured bond.[3]

On September 10, 2014 Mayor Bernita Sims submitted her resignation effective at 11 a.m., according to High Point Communications Officer Jeron Hollis.

Sims was indicted in November 2013 by a Guilford County grand jury for allegedly writing a worthless $7,000 check as part of an estate settlement.

The bill of indictment said Sims “unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously did draw, make, utter or issue and deliver to [Annie Ponce]” a check from a First Bank account in High Point that Sims “knew at the time … did not have sufficient funds on deposit with the bank with which to pay the check.”

According to Sims’ attorney David Freedman, Sims pled guilty today to a felony worthless check charge.

She was sentenced to a four to 14 month suspended sentence, five years probation and must spend the first six months of her sentence under house arrest. She also was fined $500.

Freedman said Sims has already made a $7,000 restitution payment.

“As a result of recent events in my personal life, I am resigning as Mayor of High Point effective immediately,” Sims said in a letter to Mayor Pro Tem Jim Davis.

Freedman said Sims did not want the title of mayor when she pled guilty. He described her as “remorseful, humiliated and embarrassed.” He added she made an “awful mistake and has taken full responsibility.”


  1. ^ Kimbrough, Pat (2012-12-31). "Local elections bring historic result". The High Point Enterprise. 
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