NASHVILLE — Nash County has a new chairman of the board.
Longtime Commissioner Robbie Davis was elected unanimously by the county’s seven-member board Monday to a second term as chairman. He previously served in that position from 2009-10. He was the first Republican chairman in recent history.
“There was a lot of bipartisan good will,” Davis said.
Davis was nominated for the position by Commissioner Wayne Outlaw, a Republican, with a second by outgoing Chairman Fred Belfield, a Democrat.
Outlaw was elected vice chairman with a nomination by Commissioner Lisa Barnes, a Republican, and a second by Commissioner Mary Wells, a Democrat.
Incoming Commissioner Dan Cone gives Republicans a majority on the board. Cone replaces retiring Democrat Billy Morgan. The board now sits at a four-three ratio of Republicans to Democrats. Davis, Outlaw, Barnes — along with Cone — are Republicans. Belfield, Wells and Commissioner Lou Richardson are Democrats.
As chairman, Davis said he plans to focus on two main issues.
“We need to bring jobs to Nash County,” Davis said, adding that Carolinas Gateway Partnership did an excellent job landing the CSX train-to-truck terminal, “but it’s time to turn it up.”
Davis said he also will focus on mending wounds caused by the two-year fight over funding of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.
“That battle is over, but it left a lot of scars,” Davis said. “Now we need to work with the school board on capital needs.” (Read more)