David Ham, a Goldsboro native, attended Goldsboro public schools and Methodist College.
He served in the US Army for 25+, entering as a Private and retiring in 1986 in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During the Viet Nam war, he served two tours of duty; in 1968 with the 25th Infantry Division and 1970 with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Throughout his army career, he held command and staff positions at company, battalion, brigade, division and corps level commands. In addition to the units he served in during Viet Nam, he also served with the 82nd Airborne Division and ended his career with the XVIII Airborne Corps.
In his post military career, he managed two defense contracts sites at Fort Bragg, NC. Later, he held corporate procurement management positions with Apple Computer in Cupertino, CA. and Xilinx Semiconductor in San Jose, CA.
Ham has served and held management positions in various civic and professional organizations in Goldsboro. He is a member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church. He has served as President of the Methodist Men’s organization, Trustee membership and on other committees.
He was elected to the Goldsboro City Council as District 5 representative in November 2015 and was reelected for a second term in November 2019. Councilman Ham was elected by his fellow councilmembers to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for two terms. In September 2021, Ham was appointed to serve as Mayor after former Goldsboro Mayor Chuck Allen resigned due to medical reasons.
He is married to Betty Duncan. They each have one child by previous marriage.