Already the county’s first female board member, Sue Lee made a little more history during a quiet Monday night meeting of the Sampson County Board of Commissioners.
With Chairman Billy Lockamy out, Lee took the gavel and the chairman’s seat — chairwoman if you will — to preside over the regular meeting of the board, a fairly subdued affair other than a short ceremony honoring retired county paramedic Kyle Cashwell (see related story).
Lee won election to the board as representative of District 3 in November 2014 and was appointed vice-chair the following month. This is the first time Lockamy has been away from a meeting since, so Lee, as vice-chair, took the helm.
Away from the board, Lee owns the award-winning Precision Tool & Stamping, Inc. with husband of 44 years, Tart. The Clinton-based business has been in operation for 35 years. She is a member of First Baptist Church, where she serves as Youth Council and Stewardship Committee as a member and vice-chair. She has also served four terms as PTSO president with various city schools.
Prior to being elected, Lee said she would be using the “same business model, common sense, and conservative fiscal policies that has worked for me to date. As a small business owner, I feel that I can make an impact by serving in this office.”
In less than a year’s time, she has done just that, while downplaying the historic aspect of her trailblazing effort. Other than acknowledging Lockamy’s absence, it was business as usual again Monday.
“Chairman Lockamy cannot be with us tonight,” she said at the top of Monday’s session, “but I can guarantee you he will be back with us next time.”
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