Margaret Burgwyn accepts the oath of office as a Woodland Town Commissioner from Mayor James Ellis Garris. She was appointed to fill an unexpired term. Staff Photo by Amanda VanDerBroek
Margaret Burgwyn accepts the oath of office as a Woodland Town Commissioner from Mayor James Ellis Garris. She was appointed to fill an unexpired term. Staff Photo by Amanda VanDerBroek

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Back in the saddle

Published 9:17am Tuesday, March 12, 2013

WOODLAND – A familiar face is back on the Woodland Town Board of Commissioners.

On Thursday, Woodland native Margaret Burgwyn took her oath of office after being appointed to the unexpired term of Lloyd Lee Wilson. Wilson resigned in December after announcing he and his family would be moving to Alamance County.

Burgwyn was welcomed by Mayor James Ellis Garris, who administered the oath, and fellow commissioners. She will be commissioner of administration and finance.

“I am honored that you accepted this,” Garris said. “You bring a lot of things to the board and to the town—you’ve been both commissioner and mayor. You’ve got a lot of experience behind you.”

Burgwyn comes to the board with 14 years of experience in Woodland town government. She served as a Town Commissioner from 1991 to 1995 and then became Mayor, a position she held until 2005 when she was defeated for a commissioner seat.

Despite that experience, Burgwyn insists there will still be a learning curve. She said as far as knowing meeting procedures she knew what to expect, but she would need to get up to speed on the current issues of the town.

Burgwyn said she agreed to serve upon Garris asking her.

“I appreciate the opportunity that the Mayor and the town board gave me,” she said. “I very much care about what happens here.”

Burgwyn said she wasn’t sure if she would pursue the seat after the term ends in December.

 

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