Public can comment on reorganization

Published 9:41 am Saturday, December 14, 2013

With respect to the dissenting Southampton County supervisors, we cannot see that the board overall did anything wrong in reorganizing three staff members at its meeting on Nov. 25.

As far as we can tell, the action was necessary and performed correctly. Necessary in that County Administrator Mike Johnson won’t be getting just a deputy. But that person, Lynette Lowe, will become vital to not only making government operations more efficient, but also seeking out grant money and other revenue sources to pay for needed county projects.

Correctly, in that personnel matters were discussed in closed session, as is allowed by state code. Then, the feasibility was discussed in open session and the voting followed.

Obviously, there will be some residents who disagree with any of the aforementioned, and that’s their right. To that end, we urge them to attend the supervisors’ meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 and speak their piece during the citizens’ comment period, which has been moved from the end toward the beginning.