Goodbyes and well-wishes

Published 2:08 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2018

JACKSON – After several years of service to the county, three Northampton County commissioners wrapped up their terms on Dec 3.

County Manager Kimberly Turner presented plaques to Chester Deloatch, Robert Carter, and Fannie Greene to commemorate the time they served on the Board of Commissioners. The presentation was held at the beginning of the last regular commissioner’s meeting for the year, right before the newly-elected commissioners were sworn in.

Turner read the plaques as she presented them, noting an appreciation for their years of “untiring dedicated service.”

Deloatch served 12 years in the District 3 seat, Greene for 16 years in District 5, and Carter for two decades in District 4.

Turner pointed out a quote on the plaque which reads “One part of your professional life has ended and a new one awaits you with warmth and happiness.”

The County Manager also had her own words of thanks to offer the former commissioners, saying, “I truly do appreciate all the support and encouragement and guidance that you all have given me over my years of service in Northampton County.”

To conclude the presentation, the three made brief comments to express their gratitude and also send well-wishes to the new Board.

“I want to thank the citizens for allowing me to serve for 12 years. Thank you very much,” said Deloatch.

“To all of our citizens and employees,” Greene said, “I want to say thank you so much for the opportunity to have served you 16 years. It’s been my pleasure.”

“To Mr. [Charles] Tyner and Mrs. [Geneva] Faulkner, much luck and success to you and the new commissioners,” she continued. “This is not an easy job, but it’s a very rewarding job. I wish you luck as you continue on with your service.”

Carter began his speech by echoing Greene’s sentiments and expressing gratitude by thanking God, his family, and the citizens of Northampton County for the privilege of serving for so long.

He concluded with brief words of encouragement for the both Tyner and Faulkner as well as the three new commissioners.

“Keep the faith, keep it between the ditches, and Northampton County will continue to move forward. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”