Billy was born and raised in Cumberland County. He attended North Carolina State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. While at N.C. State, Billy was a four year member of the golf team. He was Valedictorian of his graduating class and was named an Academic All American and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Outstanding Male Scholarship Athlete. Billy received his Law Degree from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of
Law at Campbell University, where he received the Fred O. Dennis Award for outstanding representation of the School of Law to the community, the profession, and the public.
After graduation, Billy took a job as an Assistant District Attorney for former District Attorney
Ed Grannis. While serving as an Assistant District Attorney for ten years, he worked in every
aspect of the office to include Juvenile Court, District Court and Superior Court. Billy was
elected Cumberland County District Attorney in 2010. He has tried numerous Superior Court
jury trials to include narcotic cases, armed robberies, sexual assaults, homicides, child homicides, and various other felony cases. Billy has tried several high profile cases and has been featured on NBC’s Dateline, CBS’s 48 Hours, Discovery ID Channel, and the Oxygen Channel.
As District Attorney, Billy is the leader of the fourth largest District Attorney’s Office in North Carolina. Billy is responsible for prosecuting approximately 100,000 cases each year and has a staff which includes 30 Assistant District Attorneys and 24 Support Staff.
While District Attorney, Billy has created a repeat offender program to identify and successfully prosecute offenders who continue to commit serious crimes in his community. Billy and his staff have also partnered with law enforcement and others in the court system on initiatives such as: the Nation’s second Human Trafficking Court, the Southeast’s first Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program, North Carolina’s first Veterans Court, the Gun Violence Task Force, Drug Court, Sobriety Court, an annual Expungement Clinic, and a Driver’s License Restoration Program.
Billy is an active member of the community. He currently serves on the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission, Cumberland County Justice System Advisory Council, and serves as a board member for the Fayetteville Police Foundation and the Fayetteville Academy. Billy has also served on the North Carolina Chief Justice’s COVID-19 Task Force and the North Carolina House of Representative’s Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement, and Justice. Billy also served on the Executive Working Group comprised of State Prosecutors, State Attorney Generals, and members of the Department of Justice.
Billy is also involved in statewide and national organizations in his career field. He is a member
of the North Carolina District Attorneys Association and of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys. Billy served as President of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys from 2019-2020. The North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys selected Billy to serve as North Carolina’s Representative on the National District Attorneys Association’s Board. Billy served as Treasurer of the National District Attorneys Association from 2018-2020 and is currently President of the National District Attorneys Association. The organization is the oldest and largest association of prosecutors in the country with over 5,000 members.
Billy is married to Suzanna West. Suzanna and Billy have two children, Will and Lila.
President-Elect – John Flynn, Buffalo, NY
Chair of the Board – Duffie Stone, Bluffton, SC
Treasurer – Charlie Smith, Frederick, MD
NDAA Executive Director
Nelson Bunn, Arlington, VA