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December 07
Wake Board of Commissioners Elects Chair, Vice Chair

During its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 7, the Wake County Board of Commissioners elected Dr. James West as Chairman and Sig Hutchinson as Vice Chairman. They will serve the residents of Wake County in their respective roles for a one-year term, effective immediately.

In his role as chairman, West presides over all meetings. He also has the authority to call special meetings of the board and declare states of emergency in accordance with state laws. West is currently serving his second term as a Wake County commissioner representing District 5, and this marks his second time serving as board chairman.

Prior to assuming his leadership role as a county commissioner, he served on the Raleigh City Council for 11 years, most notably as mayor pro tem from 2003–2010. He is also the founder of the Wake County Collaborative Partnership in Excellence in Youth Development and the Southeast Raleigh Assembly.

Hutchinson's role as vice chairman includes fulfilling his standard duties as an elected official, but he will also be called upon to manage the duties of the chairman in the event of his absence. He is serving his first term as a Wake County commissioner representing District 1.

Before his election to the county board in 2014, Hutchinson served as chair of the Wake County Open Space and Parks Advisory Committee, vice chair of the Triangle Land Conservancy and a commissioner on the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission for the City of Raleigh. In addition, he has served in a number of leadership positions with organizations focused on health, transit, and parks and open space in our community.

Photos of all county commissioners are available for download.

County-wide Property Reappraisal Project Results

In other business, Revenue Director Marcus Kinrade presented to the board the results of the 2016 county-wide real property reappraisal project. Notices of new appraised value were mailed Dec. 7 to all Wake County real property owners, and the 2016 appraised values are viewable online.

2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule

In addition, the commissioners voted to change the timing of some board meetings scheduled in 2016 to improve citizen engagement and promote transparency.

Currently, the board holds bi-weekly meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month at 2 p.m. Starting in January 2016, the meetings held on the first Monday of each month will begin at 5 p.m. The meetings held on the third Monday of each month will remain at 2 p.m. The change reflects one of the board's recently adopted goals of providing "Great Government" to the county's citizens.

County Staff Recognized by Board for Recent Awards

The board also recognized several Wake County Environmental Services and Human Services employees for awards received for outstanding performance in the areas of water supply management and public transit.

The National Association of Regional Councils presented the 2015 Major Metro Achievement Award to the Triangle J Council of Governments and the Jordan Lake Partnership, which includes Wake County and 13 other local governments and public bodies, for their work to develop the Triangle Regional Water Supply Plan. The plan addresses the short- and long-term water supply needs of each city represented by the Jordan Partnership and the region as a whole.

Transportation and Rural Access/Wake Coordinated Transportation Service was awarded the RouteMatch Excellence in Action award for Outstanding Performance – Rural Transit Systems. Since implementing RouteMatch's transportation technology, TRACS/WCTS has experienced significant efficiency increases in several key areas, and continues to explore additional technologies that will improve service design, delivery and customer service.

View a list of awards.





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