BURGAW — Commissioners voted unanimously to elect George Brown to a fifth consecutive one-year term as chairman of the Pender Board of County Commissioners.
Fred McCoy was named as vice chairman of the board, a post he has also held for five consecutive years.
The last year that Brown, who like his fellow commissioners is a Republican, was not head of the county’s government was in 2014, when David Williams served as chairman. Williams also served in 2013.
Every December the county attorney mediates nominations for chair and vice chair positions; any commissioner can make a nomination and no second motion is needed. The commissioners then vote on the nominated candidates.
“During the last five years, I do not believe there has been a split vote on these positions,” clerk to the board of commissioners Melissa Long said after the vote Monday night.
Commissioner David Piepmeyer was not present at the vote. Last week, Piepmeyer said he would recuse himself from voting on a public hearing regarding the revocation of a special use permit for the Hampstead Marina on property adjacent to Piepmeyer’s. That vote also took place on Monday evening.
It is unclear whether Piepmeyer’s absence was related to his recusal from the Hampstead Marina hearing.
County spokesperson Tammy Proctor said Monday’s vote shows that the county government is pleased with its current leadership.
“They’re tried and true leaders,” Proctor said. “They’ve been through some of the worst storms the county’s ever had.”
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