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Supervisors Honor Edmunds

ED-5 Supervisor James E. Edmunds II attended his last meeting as that district’s representative on the county board of supervisors Monday night.

Edmunds, who ran unopposed for the House of Delegates seat currently held by Clarke Hogan, will head to Richmond in January to attend his first General Assembly session representing the 60th House District.

On Monday evening, his fellow supervisors recognized him by adopting a resolution that recognized his ancestral county roots “that have fostered his understanding of the local business, civic and farming communities.”

Edmunds, who has 10 years of government service having served as a supervisor since January 1, 2000, “has given freely of his time, knowledge and experience in fulfilling the duties and requirements of his office including serving on a number of committees of the board such as the finance, policy and personnel, and public works and environmental services as well as serving as vice-chairman of the board from January 2004 until December 2009,” the resolution reads.

Supervisors praised Edmunds for giving “abundantly of his time and knowledge to enhance athletic programs for youth and adults as chairman of the recreation commission” and further stated he has demonstrated his interest in furthering recreational activities for citizens by donating land to establish the Paul C. Edmunds Memorial Park and then assisting in the development of the park.

In addition, the resolution recognizes Edmunds for providing outstanding leadership as chairman of the fair/fairgrounds committee enabling the county to operate the 2008 and 2009 Halifax County Fair.

Chairman William Fitzgerald said Edmunds’ abiding interest in the farming community has been made evident by his membership on the land development task force and the agricultural development committee.

In presenting Edmunds with the framed resolution, Fitzgerald and fellow board members expressed appreciation for his dedicated and faithful service to the citizens of Halifax County and wished him well as the 60th District representative in the Virginia House of Delegates.

“I’m honored and surprised, and I really appreciate it. The board and county have been like a second family to me. I feel like I’ve been here long enough to call you all family and friends, and it’s been an honor to represent my constituents,” Edmunds said.

“I’ll do my best to continue my service to you in Richmond as your House of Delegates representative, so please call me when you need me,” he added.

Later in the meeting, supervisors discussed procedures for filling the vacancy to be created on the board by Edmunds’ departure effective Jan. 1 and set a January 22 deadline for receiving applications.

The board agreed to submit questions to County Administrator George Nester for inclusion in an “Election District #5 Vacancy Citizen Interest Form.”

According to Nester, the county has 45 days from Jan. 1 to elect an interim appointee who will serve out an 11-month appointment.

In November a special election will be held for ED-5 residents to elect a supervisor to serve until the end of 2011 when Edmunds’ term expires.

Chairman Fitzgerald explained those residents of ED-5 who are registered voters and  interested in being considered for the vacancy can submit a completed interest form to the Administrator’s Office by 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.  

After receiving the applications, supervisors said they plan to review the candidates’ information and schedule interviews on Feb. 1 prior to the regular board meeting that evening.

When finalized, this information will be advertised locally and posted on the county’s Web site, the board chairman said.