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‘77 legacy maintained

WINDSOR – The Class of ’77 legacy continues within the Bertie County Board of Commissioners.

Last week, Ron Roberson accepted the oath of office as a member of the county’s leadership team. Roberson was the majority selection among the other four members of the board at a meeting held on Jan. 4. He is filling the two-year, unexpired term of former Bertie Commissioner Ernestine Byrd Bazemore who was elected as the District 3 State Senator in November.

“It’s unique that Ernestine and I are both 1977 graduates of Bertie High School,” said Roberson. “And to add to that legacy, our class also saw another member serve as a Bertie Commissioner, Stewart White. That’s kind’a neat, having three high school classmates who graduated together wind up serving as a county commissioner.”

For Roberson, Bertie County runs deep in his heritage.

“I was born here and I plan to die here unless the good Lord decides otherwise,” he stressed.

“God has blessed me and now I have this golden opportunity to serve citizens of Bertie County, helping them have a better way of life and to help the [county local government] departments in their efforts to provide needed services to those same citizens,” Roberson added.

For Roberson, it’s all about helping others. He was once a part of the Telamon Corporation, which, among other services, offered help to those struggling to find a job or needed to learn new skills in a fast-changing employment environment.

“I’ve helped folks who once worked in the fields gain jobs in factories, and after those job opportunities dwindled, I’ve helped people find the resources to re-tool themselves, re-train themselves for a workforce that’s now full of technology,” he noted. “It’s always been my passion to help others.”

Roberson has served in other ways, to include being a member of the Bertie Property Commission, on the Mid-East Commission’s Workforce Development Board, as a member of the Falcon Club, and a longtime volunteer with Bertie Relay for Life.

Upon his appointment to the Bertie County Board of Commissioners, Roberson had to resign his seat on the county’s Board of Elections, a position he held for the past three years.

Roberson is the owner of Ron R Properties, doing business as A-1 Unlimited Bail Bond Service for the past 20-plus years.

He and his wife of 41 years, Deloris, have two adult children and two grandchildren (ages 15 and 6)….the latter of which Roberson says, “are a blessing to me.”

“I want to help make my county a better place for them [grandchildren]. I want to see good jobs with good pay here in our county so my grandchildren and the children/grandchildren of our citizens won’t have to leave here to find jobs and raise their families elsewhere,” Roberson concluded.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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