Chesson honored for 24 years on commission

Published 2:00 pm Thursday, June 13, 2024

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Douglas Chesson was recognized by the Southampton County Board of Supervisors on May 28 with a resolution of appreciation for his 24 years of service on the county’s Planning Commission.

The board voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution. Southeast District Supervisor Robert T. White was absent from the meeting.

Central District Supervisor and Board Chairman Dr. Alan W. Edwards, who serves as the governing body representative on the commission, called Chesson up to the dais so he could present him with a copy of the resolution.

Of his years of service on the commission, Chesson said, “It’s been an honor.”

Edwards read aloud the resolution, which is written as follows:

“Whereas, Douglas Chesson has served as a valuable member of the Southampton County Planning Commission from Jan. 24, 2000, through April 30, 2024; and

“Whereas, Douglas Chesson has unselfishly given of his time and talents to effectively promote the health, safety, prosperity and orderly development of Southampton County, including conservation of its natural and historic resources through development of a Comprehensive Plan and accompanying zoning and subdivision ordinances; and

“Whereas, 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.

“Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Southampton County Board of Supervisors that Douglas Chesson is recognized and commended for 24 years and three months of devoted service to the people of Southampton County as a member of the Planning Commission; and

“Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be spread upon the minutes of this board on the (28th day of May,) 2024, serving to record and forever preserve its gratitude and appreciation; and

“Be it further resolved that a framed copy of this resolution be presented to Douglas Chesson as a visual token of the high esteem in which he is held by the Board of Supervisors and the people of Southampton County, Virginia.”

As he handed the resolution to Chesson, Edwards said, “The Planning Commission gave him similar recognition, and we’ll miss you. We really will miss you. Godspeed.”

Chesson said, “Thank you,” and then extended an offer of informal continued service to the county if the need should arise: “I’ve still got a phone. You can still call me.”

The board and those in attendance at the May 28 meeting applauded Chesson as he accepted the resolution.