Supervisors reappoint 3 to planning commission

Published 11:41 am Saturday, April 2, 2016

With six of the planning commission’s nine terms set to expire at the end of April, the Southampton County Board of Supervisors last month restructured the terms so that two expire each year. At Monday evening’s board meeting, the supervisors reappointed Robert White, Michael Drake and William Day to their positions as representatives of their respective districts.

White, who holds the Franklin seat, gets a four-year term set to expire in April 2020; Drake, who represents Newsoms, receive a three-year term expiring in April 2019; while Day, Capron, will serve a one-year term and be up for reappointment in April 2017.

“I’m not sure how so many of these terms have come to expire concurrently, but the clear intent of the enabling legislation is to provide for staggered terms that most closely balances the annual number of appointments of a four-year period,” county administrator Mike Johnson said at last month’s meeting.

The supervisors must appoint or reappoint a representative for the Berlin-Ivor District (set to expire in 2020), an at-large representative (2019) and a representative for the Drewryville District (2017) no later than their April 25 board meeting. Those seats are held by Douglas Chesson, Oliver Parker and Keith Tennessee, respectively.

Terms for the Boykins-Branchville and Jerusalem districts expire in April 2018, effectively staggering the terms.

All subsequent appointments will be on four-year terms.