The City Council recently quickly voted for keeping in place a number of people who made clear their availability to continue serving on boards and commissions.

During the June 28 council regular meeting, Garland Jones and Jean Almand Kitchin were reappointed to the Central City Revitalization Panel and William Sharpe and Nehemiah Smith were reappointed to the Human Relations Commission.

Also, the council reappointed Clara Knight and Johnnie Mayo Jr. to the Planning Board, Carl Revis to the Board of Adjustment and Darlene Spencer-Harris to the Community Appeals Board.

The council also reappointed Chantelle Mosley to the Utility Services Review Board.

The Central City Revitalization Panel advises about matters regarding the preservation of and improvements to the downtown area.

Jones was appointed to the CCRP in 2006. Jones serves as a representative of property owners in the central part of the city and also has been serving as the CCRP’s chairman.

Kitchin was appointed to the CCRP in 2014 and serves at large.

During the June 28 council regular meeting, Councilman Lige Daughtridge brought up that Jones and Kitchin were available to be reappointed to the CCRP.

The purpose of the Human Relations Commission is to promote understanding, respect and harmony among all people.

Sharpe was appointed to the commission in 2009 and is in Ward 5, which is represented by Daughtridge.

Smith was appointed to the commission in 2017 and is in Ward 1, which is represented by Councilman Andre Knight.

During the June 28 council regular meeting, Knight noted Smith being in the audience and told him, “Thank you for serving, sir.”

Smith also has been a frequent speaker during the public input phase of council regular meetings and a supporter of a four-member council majority that includes Knight.

The purpose of the Planning Board is to conduct a comprehensive and continuing program to direct Rocky Mount’s growth.

The purpose of the board also includes establishing policies and principles for guiding development in Rocky Mount and the municipality’s extraterritorial planning and zoning areas in Edgecombe and Nash Counties.


Clara Knight was appointed to the board in 2011 and is in Ward 1.

Mayo was appointed to the board in 2006 and is in Ward 3, which is represented by Councilman Richard Joyner.

The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals and reviews any order, requirement or determination made in the enforcement of the city’s Land Development Code.

Revis was appointed to the board in 2015 and is in Ward 3.

The Community Appeals Board hears appeals resulting from any decision or order of the municipal housing code inspector.

Spencer-Harris was appointed to the board in February 2020 and represents Ward 3.

The Utility Services Review Board hears appeals from utility customers who may contend the municipal staff failed to follow established customer service policies.

Mosley was appointed in 2016 and is in Ward 5.

The reappointments were approved without opposition after a motion by Daughtridge and a second by Councilwoman Chris Miller.

Positions available on the boards or commissions are included in the council’s regular meeting agenda and can be viewed on the City of Rocky Mount’s website by clicking on “Government,” “Mayor & City Council” and “Agendas & Minutes.”

Those interested in learning more about serving on the boards or commissions may submit an application in writing to City Clerk Pamela Casey’s office, P.O. Box 1180, Rocky Mount NC 27802-1180 or via email to pamela.casey@rockymountnc.gov

A resume of each applicant may accompany a personal history form signed by the applicant indicating his or her willingness to serve should he or she be appointed.

Personal history forms are available at the city clerk’s office or on the City of Rocky Mount’s website by clicking on “Government” and “Boards & Commissions.”

For more information, call 252-972-1319.