Mitchell to serve as Regional Director

Published 12:14 am Saturday, September 4, 2010

GREENVILLE – Hertford County Commissioner William F. “Bill” Mitchell is adding more to his things-to-do list.

Last weekend, Mitchell was elected to serve as a Regional Director of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. Mitchell represents a five-county region in that capacity.

William F. “Bill” Mitchell

“My board felt it was something I would do well with,” Mitchell said. “They nominated me and then I was officially confirmed in a vote by the other counties.”

The regional director position rotates between the five counties with each board appointing a commissioner for a two-year term. The last Director for Hertford County was former Commissioner Vernice Howard.

Hertford County Commission Chairman Johnnie R. Farmer said he and others on the board felt Mitchell, who is still in his first term, would gain valuable knowledge and experience while serving.

“Bill is one of the commissioners who is most interested in association functions,” Farmer said. “He wants to get involved and do some things on the state level and we thought this was a good opportunity for him to do that.

“Personally, I’ve been a commissioner for 10 years and I’m on the back side of my career while Bill is starting out in his,” Farmer continued. “It will be good exposure for him.”

Mitchell said he was honored to have been chosen by the members of his board and by the regional commissioners to serve.

“I was honored the guys said they would support me in this role,” he said. “I’m still relatively new and in my first term, so I was very appreciative. I look forward to serving in this capacity and learning what goes on at the state level.”

Farmer said he believed Mitchell was able to do more than just learn.

“We thought it would give him an opportunity to get to know people at the state level,” Farmer said. “At the same time, with Bill being young and new, he’ll also bring some fresh ideas to the table.”

Mitchell’s appointment means he will serve on the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Board of Directors for the next two years.

He will not be alone in representing Hertford County on the Association since fellow Commissioner Howard J. Hunter was chosen as Second Vice President this past Saturday.

“It was a great weekend,” Farmer said. “We have a lot of support from other counties, especially our sister county, Bertie. I’m proud of Howard and Bill and how well they represented us this past weekend.”