Media Information

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with our leadership or other Credit Union spokesperson, please contact Donna Gonyeau, Public Relations Manager, at 800.344.4846. Our Public Relations Manager is available for media inquiries only. For all other inquiries please call 888.732.8562.

Meet the LGFCU Leadership Team

Maurice Smith
Maurice Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Full biography
Garland Avent
Garland Avent
Chief Financial Officer
Full biography
Mark Caverly
Mark Caverly
Full biography

Quick facts

  • Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) was founded in 1983.
  • Our assets currently exceed $2 billion.
  • More than 300,000 members are served by LGFCU, representing all of
    North Carolina's 100 counties and 540 towns, cities and villages.
  • LGFCU is the fourth largest credit union in North Carolina.
  • The LGFCU mission is "To improve the lives of our members."
  • LGFCU is dedicated to providing services exclusively to local government employees, elected/appointed officials, volunteers and their families.
  • We partner with State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) to serve our members through its branch and ATM network.

More about LGFCU

Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) is a not-for-profit, full service financial cooperative dedicated to the "people helping people" philosophy adopted by credit unions worldwide.

We are member-owned and democratically controlled. This means each member has one vote, regardless of his or her personal investment in the Credit Union. A volunteer board of directors sets general policies and rules of operation for LGFCU. The board is elected from the membership during the annual meeting in April.

To be eligible for membership, an individual must be associated with either a local government or a current member of LGFCU. Local governments include towns, cities, counties and affiliated departments such as Fire and EMS, Law Enforcement, Planning, Finance, Recreation & Parks, etc. This also includes government-owned hospitals, libraries and authorities such as housing, airport, water/sewer, and sanitary districts. Anyone who volunteers at any of these entities can also join LGFCU. Read more of our story to learn about our commitment to North Carolina communities and families.

How credit unions differ from banks

Credit Unions Banks
Providing services to members Purpose Providing services to customers at a profit
Not-for-profit cooperatives owned and operated by members who own an equal share of the organization Definition Businesses owned by stockholders
with the intention of making money
from their investment
Democratically structured. Each member has one vote, regardless of the level of personal investment Structure Depositors have no vote; only stockholders may vote on goals, functions and services
Directors are elected from among the membership and are unpaid volunteers Directors Directors are elected by stockholders
and paid for their time
Earnings are returned to members in the form of dividends, higher savings rates, lower loan rates and improved services Earnings Earnings are returned to stockholders

More than 6,956 credit unions in the United States, comprised of nearly 100 million members

Credit unions in the United States have approximately $1.03 trillion in combined assets


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Combined, banks and savings & loans have more than $14.23 trillion in assets