Town officials plan to step down

Roseboro mayor David Alexander announced to the town board Tuesday night that he is not seeking re-election this fall.

Garland Commissioner Ralph Smith, center, recently resigned from the board.

As the filing period for elected officials nears, decisions are being made by some officials to not seek re-election or resign before the end of their term.

David Alexander, Roseboro mayor, announced he will not seek another term as mayor of Roseboro during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night. Ralph Smith, Garland commissioner, announced his resignation during the board’s meeting on the same night.

Alexander’s decision came after Alexander has sat on the board for the last 17 years.

The announcement came as a surprise, as it was not an item of discussion on the agenda. At the close of the June meeting, Alexander announced he had something to share with the board, and began to read his letter of declaration to board members and those present in the audience.

“I have decided not to seek re-election for another term as mayor of Roseboro,” Alexander read from his statement. “I am honored and privileged to have served this term.

Alexander became a town commissioner in 1998 and served in that capacity until elected mayor in 2011, following the term served by Roland Hall.

Since Alexander’s election as mayor, he says he feels the town has grown and continues to head in the right direction, his main objective for taking the office in the first place.

“Our main goals are being established, modernizing our infrastructure, seeking to improve the quality of life for the town’s character,” Alexander stated. “Let me say that I do and have really appreciated the support of the board members and citizens of Roseboro.”

Through the town’s support and the efforts of the town’s employees, Alexander says he feels the town has continued to grow and show great progress.

“Look around our town and see the progress,” the letter states.

Alexander shared sentiments, asking that the board continue to work hard for the town, along side the new mayor, helping the community grow.

“I believe we are headed in a positive direction,” Alexander said. “I hope that the board will continue to work beside our new mayor, offering support as they have with me. Again, I thank each of you and we could not have come this far without working together.”

Garland commissioner resigns

After serving the town of Garland for about two decades, Smith is resigning because of health issues.

The announcement was made during a Tuesday meeting, which was his last. As a commissioner, Smith assisted Garland’s officials with sewer, water and public works matters.

“It just go to be too much for me with my health,” he said.

Prior to his current stint as commissioner, Smith served since 2011 as commissioner, Smith served as mayor of Garland for 12 years, from 1989-2001, and town commissioner from 1985-89. During his tenure, the town received two block grants used to restore and renovate senior housing and a water/sewer grant to make needed repairs.

“At the time, I thought there was some things that need to be changed,” Smith said during a telephone interview about getting involved with local politics. “I just wanted to be a part of it.

“I really appreciate the citizens and the town of Garland giving me the opportunity to serve them,” he said.

He also enjoyed communicating and working with commissioners and other town employees.

“I really enjoyed working with them and if there’s anything I can give advice on, I would not hesitate to do so.”

Smith was previously employed for more than 20 years as a truck broker overseeing hundreds of deliveries weekly and was responsible for managing a yearly budget in excess of $9 million. He was the mechanical supervisor for a local trucking company for 22 years, during which time he was responsible for managing eight employees.

Smith is a member of Garland Pentecostal Freewill Baptist Church and served as president of the Garland Rotary Club for two years. He was a member of the National Guard from 1957-60 and a member of the Army Reserve from 1960-64, receiving an honorable discharge. He has been a resident of Garland for nearly six decades.Originally from Bladen County,he moved to the area in the late 1950s, after her married his wife Pearl. Together, they have three sons and three grand children.