Council aims to fill board seats


Staff Writer

Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Rocky Mount City Council needs members of the public to step up and sit down to fill empty seats on its various boards, committees and commissions.

The city needs representatives for animals to trees and everything in between. The council considered appointments at the council retreat in February and the April 8 and May 13 Committee of the Whole meetings. Several empty seats remain.

■ The newly-formed Animal Care and Control Advisory Board needs a representative from wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Already appointed to the board are Catherine Combs, Ward 5, Stacey Graham, Ward 7; and Pace Winstead, appointed by Mayor David Combs. The veterinarian appointed is Dr. Michael Hicks.

■ The Board of Adjustment needs a representative from Ward 6. Reappointed to the board was Carl R. Revis from Ward 3.

■ Sandy Roberson and Lea Henry were appointed to the Business Development Authority for three-year terms. Herman T. Jones was reappointed to the authority.

■ The Central City Revitalization Panel has three new members and three re-appointees, all serving three-year terms. Newcomers are commercial developer Jesse Gerstl and at-large members Antwan Lofton and Charles Roberson. The panel is amended to add a sixth at-large member. Re-appointed were central city property owner Garland Jones and at-large members Jean Almand Kitchin and David Joyner.

■ The Community Appeals Board needs representatives from wards 3 and 5. David Durgin, Ward 6, was re-appointed to the board.

■ The Historic Preservation Commission has one vacancy for a four-year term. Sue Hanshaw was reappointed to the commission for a four-year term.

■ The Martin Luther King Jr. Commission has a vacancy. Katrice Johnson Brown, Thomas Everett and Vanessa Whitaker have been reappointed to the commission.

■ Appointed to two-year terms to the Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities were Debbie Rollins, Cynthia Steele, Tilman Little. Re-appointed were Mary Mann, Priscilla Whitaker, Ardelia Burrison, Ruth Bowens and Robert E. Cordell Sr.

■ Clara Knight, Ward 1, Lige Daughtridge, Ward 5, and Johnnie Mayo Jr., Ward 3, were reappointed to the Planning Board.

■ Luther Ezzell and George Deryckere were appointed to the Redevelopment Commission for five-year terms.

■ The Tree Advisory Board needs a representative from Ward 5. Peter H. Gilliland, Ward 6, and Jim Curtis, Ward 7, were re-appointed to the board for four-year terms. Linda Tippette, Ward 5; has resigned.

■ The Utility Service Review Board has a vacancy for a Ward 6 representative to serve a four-year term. Jackie King, Ward 2, Jackson B. Harris, Ward 7, and Marletha Muhammad, Ward 4, were re-appointed to the board for four-year terms.

■ The newly-formed Workforce Housing Advisory Commission has a need for representatives from wards 4, 5, 6 and 7. The commission also has vacancies for a faith-based representative, a housing developer and a member of the business community. Four members of the commission were appointed pending City Hall receipt of their personal history forms. They were Max Avent, mayoral appointee, Gloria Davis, Ward 1, Susan Perry Cole, Ward 2, Lewis Bridgers, Ward 3, Kevin Macklin representing the Housing Authority, and the Rev. Thomas L. Walker, representing a faith-based organization.

■ Councilman Richard Joyner was appointed to the Transportation Advisory Board. Councilman Tom Rogers, who isn't seeking re-election, resigned from the board.

■ The Internal Audit Committee has three council member vacancies, three members of the public and a CPA.

The council also made the following appointments to external boards:

■ Councilman Andre Knight was appointed and Councilman W.B. Bullock was re-appointed to Carolinas Gateway Partnership.

■ Councilwoman Chris Miller was re-appointed to the STEP Board for a one-year term.

■ Jeanne Ratchford was appointed to the Braswell Memorial Library board for a four-year term.

Additional appointments will expire in June and information about those appointments will be provided soon thereafter, said City Clerk Pam Casey.

Anyone interested in appointment to any of the boards should submit a personal history form to the City Clerk’s office, P.O. Box 1180, Rocky Mount, NC 27802. Feel free to submit a resume as well.

Personal history forms are available for download and printing on the city's website. Call 252-972-1319 for more information.