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West chair; Claiborne vice-chairman of Board of Supervisors

ED-2 Supervisor Tom West was unanimously elected chairman, and ED-8 Supervisor W. Bryant Claiborne received the nod as vice-chairman of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors Monday night during the governing body’s annual organizational meeting held at the Mary Bethune Complex in Halifax.

Each will serve one-year terms, the board decided during its first meeting of the new year.

Former Chairman William I. Fitzgerald, who announced in December he would not seek reelection as chairman, nominated West for the chairman’s post and received a second from ED-7 Supervisor Lottie Nunn.

No other nominations were offered for the chairman’s seat.

After being elected to guide the board in the coming year, West said he appreciated the fellow supervisors’ unanimous vote of confidence.

Turning to Fitzgerald, West said, “You leave me with a big pair of shoes to fill.”

Nunn nominated Claiborne for the vice-chairman position, and ED-6 Supervisor E. Wayne Conner seconded that nomination.

No other nominations came to the floor, and Claiborne also received a unanimous vote of support.

The new vice-chairman thanked former Chairman Fitzgerald for his seven years of service in the position.

“Hopefully we will continue to do the good work he has done in the past and work together as a board,” he said.

Also as part of the organization meeting, supervisors confirmed County Administrator George Nester as clerk and Debbie Forlines as deputy clerk of the board, and tapped West to serve as the county’s director of emergency services.

Supervisors adopted a meeting schedule resolution that set the regular meeting dates for all meetings in 2011, and as part of that resolution agreed that should a meeting have to be postponed due to hazardous weather conditions, the board will meet the next Monday following the postponed regular meeting.

County Administrator Nester reminded supervisors the annual board retreat will be held Feb. 17 and 18 at Riverstone.