Ward 2 - David Kirlin


Dr. Dave Kirlin was elected to City Council in November 1999 and has begun serving his ninth term after being re-elected in November 2021.   Councilman Kirlin is a local businessman and is the founding partner of Gaston Foot and Ankle Associates, P. A. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, his Masters of Science Degree from Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, and his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  He is married to the former Nan DeCristofor and has three adult children.

City Council Service
  • Elected – November 1999
  • Re-Elected - November 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2021
  • Chairman, Recreation Advisory Committee, 1999 to 2021
  • Personnel Council Committee
  • Facilities/Management Council Committee
  • Audit/Bids/Insurance Council Committee
  • Public Safety Council Committee
  • Council Representative to Schiele Museum Board of Trustees
Honors and Awards
  • Eagle Scout, 1970
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 1976
  • Outstanding Young Man of America, US Jaycees, 1982
  • NC Podiatrist of the Year, 1999
  • Foundation Award, Gaston Regional Chamber Business of the Year, 2012
  • Business Person of the Year, Gaston Regional Chamber, 2014
  • Honorary Chair, Community Foundation Run for the Money, 2015
  • Paul Harris Society, Rotary International
Organizations and Affiliations
  • Past Trustee, Treasurer, and Vice-President, North Carolina Podiatric Medical Association, 1989-1996
  • PTA President, Gardner Park Elementary School, 1993-1994
  • President, Southeast Gastonia Concerned Citizens Association, 1992-1994
  • President, North Carolina Podiatric Medical Association, 1996-1997
  • Member, Schiele Museum of Natural History, Schiele Society
  • Member, Gastonia East Rotary Club
  • Volunteer Podiatrist, Kintegra Diabetic Foot Clinic
  • Member, First United Methodist Church
  • Member, Catawba Lands Conservancy
  • Member, Preservation North Carolina



Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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