2019 Trailblazer: Graham Corriher
Graham Corriher, 34
City of Salisbury, Salisbury
The Corriher family has lived in Rowan County since the late 1700s, so it isn’t surprising that the UNC Chapel Hill-trained lawyer loves his community. “I like where I am from,” Corriher says. “It’s filled with interesting people. I can walk to work, and I like the work I do. I can drive 15 minutes and be on my family’s farm. There isn’t much traffic on that drive. I hate traffic. It’s affordable here. People can spell and pronounce my name. I could go on about the things I like.” After earning degrees at N.C. State University and UNC, Corriher taught social studies and coached basketball at North Rowan High School for two years before heading to law school. He worked at Raleigh and Salisbury law firms for five years, then succeeded Rivers Lawther as Salisbury’s city attorney in July 2018. Lawther had been a contract lawyer, while Corriher is an in-house counsel. He’s been active at the Rowan Museum and Rowan Rotary and once acted in a community theater production.