Bimbé Hometown Heroes
Join us as we celebrate Durham's hometown heroes who have made an amazing impact on our community.
2022 Bimbé Hometown Heroes
Mayor Elaine M. O'Neal
Mayor Elaine M. O’Neal is a native of Durham, North Carolina. She attended North Carolina Central University and graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Math in 1984. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central University Law School. Mayor O'Neal was a Judge for 24 years and was the first woman in Durham County to be named Chief District Court Judge. In 2011, she was elected the first woman Superior Court Judge in Durham County. She retired from the bench in 2018 to lead the NCCU School of Law as Interim Dean.
She is proud of her deep Durham roots that hold many family members in Durham, including several beloved children and grandchildren. She is a member of several organizations including First Calvary Baptist Church, Durham County Bar Association, George White Bar Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Elaine has the heart of a public servant and a deep abiding love for her hometown and for all who choose to call Durham home.
Steven W. Chalmers
Steven W. Chalmers is the executive director of programs for the Hayti Reborn-Justice Movement, a coalition of community-based and criminal justice organizations, corporations, and members of the community addressing violence and poverty in the community. Steve is also Durham's former Chief of Police, serving 32 1/2 years with the Durham Police Department, specializing in developing community-policing programs.
Steve is a Durham native, born in an area known as "The Bottom", now referred to as "Southside." Steve attended Durham Public Schools, graduating from Hillside High School. He is also a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C., and the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA. Steve is married, with four children and six grandchildren, and is a member of First Calvary Baptist Church. In his spare time, he is enjoying driving his classic car, and attending car shows.
Past and present affiliations includes:
North State Law Enforcement Officers Association, Durham Rotary Club, Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons, Durham Nativity School, James E. Shepard Sertoma Club, Durham Rescue Mission, 100 Black Men of America, Rebound, Alternatives for Youth, Men of Vision, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, John Avery Boys and Girls Club, D.L. Forbes Youth Foundation, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Milestones Culinary Arts Institute, Inc., Bottom-Southside Reunion Committee, Old Cars Unlimited of North Carolina