Locals tapped for state posts


Staff Writer

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Rocky Mount woman has joined a group of local appointees tapped for state service by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Pat Adams has been named an at-large member to the N.C. Council for Women, the state’s leading voice on key issues impacting women and youth with a mission to advise the governor, state legislators and state agencies on the issues impacting women and youth in North Carolina.

“I’m very appreciative of my appointment by Gov. Cooper,” Adams said. “I worked in human services with families and children for over 41 years, and it is my hope to bring the experiences gained in that area to the work of the North Carolina Council for Women.”

Before retirement, Adams worked at Edgecombe/Nash Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Development Disabilities Center for three decades and was the director of the Rocky Mount Children’s Developmental Services Agency for seven years.

Adams volunteers with the local and state chapters of the League of Women Voters. She also serves on the Nash County Health and Human Services Board and the Nash County Community Block Grant Advisory Committee on Aging.

Adams, a 2010 recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, was appointed to the N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities by Gov. Mike Easley.

Cooper also named other local residents to state boards and commissions.

“These North Carolinians bring dedication, skills and years of experience to our state boards and commissions,” Cooper said. “I appreciate them using their time and talents to serve North Carolina.”

Melvin Mitchell of Rocky Mount was appointed as an at-large member to the N.C. Agriculture and Forestry Awareness Study Commission.

Mitchell is president of Melvin M. Mitchell Agency, an Allstate Insurance Company. He is a member of the Board of Directors and founding partner of Providence Bank and serves on the Nash UNC Health Care Board of Commissioners.

Timmy Leon Cordell of Rocky Mount was appointed as an at-large member of the Edgecombe Community College Board of Trustees.

Cordell is a case worker at the Edgecombe Department of Social Services. Cordell was a youth service counselor technician at the Edgecombe Youth Development Center. He's a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy.

Mary Mebane of Enfield was appointed as an at-large member to the Halifax Community College Board of Trustees.

Mebane has worked in the educational system in North Carolina for 40 years. Mebane has been a classroom teacher, instructional specialist, assistant principal, principal and director of curriculum and instruction for pre-kindergarten through grade eight.

Other recent local appointees include a county commissioner and retired city manager.

Edgecombe County Commissioner Viola Harris was appointed to the N.C. Local Government Commission. Harris is a previous member of the commission. She is also the chairwoman of the N.C. Alliance of Black Elected Officials.

Retired Rocky Mount City Manager Charles Penny was appointed to the N.C. State Property Tax Commission. Penny is a paid consult for  the city on the Downtown Event Center and was hired late last year to serve as the interim town manager of Rolesville.