Chris V. Rey was elected mayor of Spring Lake in Cumberland County in 2011 at the age of 34. He grew up in Spring Lake and attended East Carolina University.
In 2000, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a computer information technology analyst. Mr. Rey was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Among his military awards is the Bronze Star. After nearly eight years of active service, he was honorably discharged and earned a law degree from William & Mary School of Law, graduating in 2010.
In addition to serving as mayor of Spring Lake, Mr. Rey is a strategic planner and policy director for the Information Technology Division of the Virginia National Guard and holds the rank of major in the Virginia Army National Guard. He also serves as president and CEO of The Rey Group, LLC, a consulting firm focused on business and strategy development for small businesses and non-profits. He teaches courses on constitutional law, criminal law, juvenile justice, and criminal courts in the criminal justice department at Mount Olive College.
Mr. Rey holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Walden University, and a Juris Doctor degree from William & Mary School of Law. He is married and has three children.