IOW lauds service

Published 12:25 pm Saturday, December 19, 2015

Supervisors Delores “Dee Dee” Darden, Al Casteen and Byron “Buzz” Bailey were saluted for their service to Isle of Wight County during the meeting on Thursday.

To express gratitude, Chairman Rex Alphin of Carrsville District read resolutions of gratitude that were framed and presented to supervisors.

“I think it’s unavoidable to forge great friendships,” he said. “We struggle together mightily and do it as a team. I’m going to miss you all.”

He commended Bailey for his “gentle spirit,” and in a clearly light-hearted toned, kidded Casteen that “his attention to details sometimes drove me crazy,” which caused much laughter in the room.

“I’m going to miss turning to my left and say, “Supervisor Darden …”

“Your candor was so refreshing. You’re a woman of courage. You tell it like it is.”

Hardy District Supervisor Rudolph Jefferson added his appreciation to the trio’s guidance when he came on board and thanked them for “a job well done.”

The resolutions were approved, with each honoree abstaining from voting for themselves.

The supervisors later voiced their appreciation of County Administrator Anne Seward, who resigned a few weeks ago. Her last official day as administrator is Dec. 31, though she has made herself available for the transition.

Don Robertson, the county spokesman, was voted as interim county administrator effective Jan. 1.

Darden became visibly emotional in her remarks to Seward.

“When we came on board, we were so worried about paying bills,” Darden said, pointing out the administrator’s service. “She’s given us direction and leadership. She’s worked tirelessly … You’re going to be missed. Greatly missed.”

The supervisor also said, “I’ve really enjoyed my time with the County. It’s been a good four years. I can’t thank you enough.”

Seward also thanked the board and staff, and said, “For me the biggest accomplishment is creating the team values and culture.”