Veterans lead HC Commission

Published 3:06 pm Thursday, December 10, 2009

WINTON – If one is seeking out a local government entity with veteran leadership, look no further than Hertford County.

In a unanimous decision reached on Monday, the Hertford County Board of Commissioners selected Johnny Ray Farmer as Chairman and DuPont Davis as Vice-Chairman.

The two veteran commissioners have a combined 30 years of leadership experience. Both men have previously served the local board as chairman and vice-chairman.

“Thank you so much for your vote of confidence,” said Farmer, a nine-year member of the Hertford County Board of Commissioners. “I can only hope that I can do a job you feel is fitting.”

Davis, who has served as a commissioner for 21 years, kept his remarks brief, saying, “Thank you to the members of this board for your vote.”

As is tradition every December, the Hertford County Board of Commissioners conducts an internal organization meeting.

Patricia Weaver, Clerk to the Board, opened the meeting by asking for nominations for chairman. Commissioner Curtis Freeman promptly nominated Farmer, a move seconded by Davis. That motion was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Farmer, who had just completed two years as the board’s vice-chairman, then moved into the lead seat to conduct the remainder of the meeting.

The next order of business was to name a vice-chairman. Commissioner Howard Hunter III nominated Davis. Commissioner Bill Mitchell offered a second and that motion was approved, 5-0.

Hunter served as the board’s previous chairman.