Board member resigns from planning commission

Published 1:08 pm Monday, December 28, 2015

The Southampton County Board of Supervisors at Monday evening’s meeting acknowledged the resignation of a member of the county’s planning commission, and commended him for his nearly 40 years of service.

Freeman Harrell submitted to county administrator Michael Johnson on Dec. 4 his letter of resignation, which read, “I have enjoyed my many years on the zoning board, but feel at this time that it’s time to step down and let someone else take my seat.”

Harrell did not immediately return calls on Wednesday in regard to the reason for his resignation.

The county adopted a resolution of appreciation for Harrell, who had served on the planning commission since May 1976, before appointing his replacement.

“Harrell has unselfishly given his time and talents to effectively promote the health, safety, order and prosperity of Southampton County and conservation of its natural and historic resources through the development of numerous comprehensive plans and through the application and interpretation of the Southampton County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances,” the resolution stated, “and his broad knowledge of Southampton County and concern for its citizens contributed immensely to the planning commission’s efforts in effectively balancing growth and development.”

The board unanimously appointed Robert White to fill the position left vacant by Harrell’s departure, to which Chairman Dallas Jones added, “Mr. White’s father appointed Mr. Harrell to be on the planning commission when he was on the board of supervisors.”