- Last Updated on 07:50 AM 12/23/13
- BY Paula I. Bryant
Winston Harrell was sworn in Friday morning as the newest member of South Boston Town Council.
Halifax County Circuit Court Clerk Bobby Conner performed the swearing in at Riverstone in South Boston as Harrell was surrounded by his parents and brothers.
South Boston Town Council voted unanimously last week to appoint Harrell to fill the vacancy created when former Councilman Edward Owens was elected mayor.
His term will expire June 30.
Harrell was one of two candidates seeking to fill the vacancy that occurred when Owens was elected mayor following the death of former Mayor Carroll Thackston.
Harrell, a dispatcher who has worked in human resources at R. O. Harrell, Inc. of South Boston for over five years, is active in numerous community and civic organizations.
Prior to going to work at R. O. Harrell, Inc., Harrell served more than two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia.
He is a 2000 graduate of Hargrave Military Academy and a 2004 graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a BA in history.
A member of the South Boston Lions Club, Harrell served as president from 2011-2012 and is a member of the Lions Board of Directors for District 24B. He currently is a member of the board of directors for The Prizery and serves as president of The Good Samaritan.
Harrell serves as a member of the board of directors for the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce and is vice president of the Hargrave Military Academy Alumni Association.
He is an elder at First Presbyterian Church where he previously served as a deacon.