ROSEBORO — Alice Butler, the town’s new mayor, and the commissioners are looking forward to continuing the positive growth the town has seen in the last year. Part of those efforts is appointing a new commissioner to serve on the town board.
Butler, who was sworn in as the town’s first female mayor in early December, and commissioners Anthony Bennett, Cary Holland and Ray Clark Fisher are now thinking about who would be the best fit for the board and serve the town in the best capacity.
The town is currently accepting applications for the vacant seat left by Butler when she became the mayor following November’s election. This process, Butler said, is one the town is familiar with, having chosen Butler, Holland and Fisher in the same manner in the last three years.
Town clerk Tony Blalock informed the board during the December meeting that he contacted the League of Municipalities and sought council on the proper steps the board needs to take in filling the vacant seat. Blalock said the board could appoint someone from applications, submit names for approval or take the next highest vote-getter from the November election.
“The commissioners voted to choose the next commissioner by the application process,” Butler stated. “I think one reason they voted on this process is because it is the way we have done it the past three appointments.”
According to Butler, in 2012, she was chosen from a pool of applicants and in 2014 both Holland and Fisher were chosen from applications.
“By choosing from applications, it gives the town time to advertise the position on our website, on our Facebook page and on our announcement board,” Butler said. “It also lets us know who is interested in serving the citizens of Roseboro and making it the best small town it can be.”
Additionally, Butler said commissioners review the applications at their leisure and at the next regularly scheduled meeting, which in this case will be Jan. 12, they will vote on the applicant they think is most qualified.
“As mayor, I do not vote on the new commissioner, however, I feel a commissioner needs to have the citizens’ and town’s well-being at heart,” Butler added. “They need to be able to think about what is best for the town now and in the future because what they do today will effect tomorrow. A commissioner needs to be committed both in time and energy to the town, because each day is a new day with new challenges.”
The application can be found on the town’s website, http://www.roseboronc.com. Deadline for applications, Butler said, is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. All applications must be submitted to town hall by this time, which allows the commissioners a full week to review and consider the applications before discussing and voting on the matter Jan. 12.
Barefoot, who was absent at the December meeting and wasn’t sworn in, was excused and will be sworn in at the January meeting.
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