There was no musical chairs Monday night, as the organization of the Sampson County Board of Commissioners kept the gavel in Billy Lockamy’s hands and Sue Lee to his right.
In two unanimous votes, Republicans Lockamy and Lee were named the county board’s chair and vice-chair, respectively. They will hold those posts for the next year, just as they did this previous year. The board reorganizes at the end of each year and Monday’s organization was a carbon copy from what occurred 12 months earlier.
As the board’s temporary presiding officer, County manager Ed Causey opened the floor to nominations. Lee quickly nominated Lockamy and, with no other nominations, the board unanimously voted Lockamy to remain chairman.
“Thank you commissioners for putting your trust in me for another year,” said Lockamy. “This is something that is very challenging from day to day. It takes a lot of time from family and there are a lot of hours put in that people might not know about. I appreciate your trust.”
Lockamy then opened up the floor to nominations for vice-chairman and promptly nominated Lee. With no other nominations, the board unanimously voted in favor of Lee as vice-chair.
Lee won election to the board as representative of District 3 in November 2014 and was appointed vice-chair the following month, quickly making history as the first female on the board and the board’s first female vice-chair.
First elected to the board in 2009, District 2 representative Lockamy served as the board’s vice chairman from 2009-11 while Jefferson Strickland was chairman, before succeeding Strickland as chairman for the next two years. Strickland served as chairman the two years following that, before departing along with vice-chairman Jarvis McLamb, at which point Lockamy took the helm again, where he has been since.
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