Elected Officials

Benson 2018


Joe Benson


Joe was born in Boston, MA, but raised in southern California and Nashua, NH.  He attended Florida State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting Meteorology. 

Following graduation, he entered the Air Force and was commissioned in 1993. He served twenty of his twenty two years as a special operations weather officer in Special Tactics, finishing his service in the rank of colonel. Joe has qualifications as master parachutist and military freefall, as well air assault and demolitions. He has attended advanced weapons, medical, small boat and numerous survival schools. During his service, he tallied 15 deployments to places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, east Africa, Oman and Haiti.

He has a masters degree from the American University in Unconventional Warfare and a masters from the Navy Postgraduate School in Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict.

Joe began coming to the island for special operations training back in 1998; he moved to Carolina Beach in 2013. He has served as a Big Brother. Joe is a member of the Air Commando and Grey Beret associations. He currently serves as the Air Force liaison to Army Special Operations Command. Joe was voted mayor in November 2017.