By Lauren Williams Staff Writer
March 6, 2014
Another seat at Roseboro’s town board table is empty. Longtime commissioner and former mayor Roland Hall tendered his resignation, effective immediately, to Roseboro citizens and town board members Wednesday evening during a town planning session.
“It has become apparent I need to slow down and devote more time on family, my health and retirement-related activities,” Hall said in his resignation letter, which he read aloud during the meeting.
“Although I will no longer be serving in an elected capacity, I will continue to advocate for and support the community and economic development initiatives and programs designed to help move Roseboro forward,” Hall continued. “I will be available, as time allows, to help with NC Main Street, NCSTEP, the Pondberry Bay Plant Conservation Preserve Nature/Recreation Trail and the Mountain-to-Sea Projects.”
Hall, who has served on Roseboro’s town board since November 1993 and was mayor from 2008 to 2011, shared in a telephone interview Thursday that due to health issues, he is “not able to do as much” as he once did and that he felt it was time “to look after Roland for a little bit.”
“It was not an easy decision but one I had to make,” he added, acknowledging that it had been “an honor” to serve on the town board and represent Roseboro citizens for over 21 years.
“It was a big shock,” said town clerk Nancy Lindsay Thursday, mentioning how Hall’s vast knowledge of the town had been an asset to those on the town board and to those working in Roseboro’s town hall. “It was felt all through the room.”
“I was very shocked,” agreed Roseboro mayor David Alexander, calling Hall’s resignation “a surprise to everybody.”
“He’s been a big help to the town. He’s the type of person that will go off everyday,” he continued, describing how Hall faithfully attended a variety of meetings on Roseboro’s behalf and would always return with valuable information to share with the rest of the town board. “He was working everyday…We’ll miss Roland very much.”
Hall’s resignation comes only a few months after former Roseboro commissioner and mayor pro tem James McLean tendered his resignation at the end of last year. Filling McLean’s vacant seat is Cary Holland, a former town commissioner who was just recently sworn back in last month.
According to the mayor, the town will again “use the same steps” that were followed when seeking a replacement for McLean.
“We’re going to open up applications,” further explained Lindsay, noting that those Roseboro citizens who previously applied for McLean’s seat will be contacted, their interest in serving on the town board will be confirmed, and their application will be revisited; they will not have to apply again. New applications will also be accepted and can be picked up at town hall.
The town board will again review applications, conduct interviews, and then appoint another new commissioner via ballot votes.
“We’re hoping to get someone very good,” said Alexander, “someone who is thinking about the town itself, not any personal thing, but the town itself.”
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