Commissioner Hardison was appointed in July 2020 by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners to complete the term of the late Commissioner A. Joe Gurley, III.
Hardison grew up outside of Newton Grove, NC and attended NC A&T University. After college, Freeman spent 29 years working in various laboratory leadership roles. In 2013, he retired to Grantham, NC and has served on numerous boards including the Wayne County Planning Board, Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority, WayneUNC Health Care Board of Directors, Wayne Action Teams for Community Health, and Wayne County NC Extension Master Gardeners.
Freeman and his wife Sandy have two sons and three grandsons. He is a mason, a member of J.W. Hood Lodge #8, life member of the NRA, and life member of the NAACP.