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Four vie for vacant council chair

Four candidates have applied for the vacant position on Halifax Town Council left open by the departure of former Councilman Phil Hammond.

Hammond resigned in January via letter to the mayor saying he had established a new place of residence in Oxford, N.C. 

The deadline to file as a candidate to represent Ward D on town council was Thursday at 5 p.m.

Town Manager Carl Espy confirmed Thursday he had received four letters of interest along with corresponding resumes from interested candidates seeking the position.

 As of 3 p.m. Thursday, candidates included Susan Granger, a Danville school teacher, Halifax Planning Commission Chairman Ron Reiter, planning commission member Kristy Johnson and Phil Hollis.

Pleased with a choice of four candidates, Espy said, “It’s good to have a choice by all means. All have expressed their interest in being involved in the town, and they each have good diversity in their experiences.”

A special called meeting is slated for March 5 at 6 p.m. when council will discuss and review the submissions for the Ward D vacancy. 

Council will go immediately into closed session and then come out to take action on the matter, Espy said.

The newly appointed councilman will serve as the Ward D representative until a special election is held in November.