A meeting was held last Thursday morning by the Yadkinville Town Board of Commissioners to determine how the leadership team would move forward following the unexpected passing of longtime Mayor Hubert Gregory.
It was decided that Mayor Pro Tem Eddie Norman would take on the role of mayor. He was sworn in at the Thursday meeting.
Commissioner Monta Davis-Oliver will now serve as mayor pro tem.
Commissioner Kelly Oliver recently had to resign his position as he moved out of town. Town residency is a requirement to serve on the board. Scott Winebarger was nominated to fill Oliver’s seat.
With Norman taking over as mayor one open seat remains on the board. A final decision has not yet been made on when that seat will be filled.
On Monday following his swearing-in, Mayor Eddie Norman said, “As I move forward in assuming the role of mayor, I have determined that I have some big shoes to fill. Mayor Gregory was an outstanding mayor who had a passion for success.”
Norman has served on the Yadkinville town board since 1991. He is a local small business owner as well as human resources business partner director at Yadkinville’s B&G Foods, North America. He has been married for 34 years to his wife Julia. He has two daughters, four grandchildren and a new one on the way.
Working closely with the current board and staff members at town hall is a priority, Norman said.
“Before I accepted the role, I needed to have the commitment of our current town board members as well as the town staff. I have spoken with each board member and they have committed their support to me. Betty Driver, Tony Hall and Monta Davis-Oliver are exceptional board members who have a desire for our town to grow and prosper. These individuals are true public servants who desire the best for our town. In regards to our town staff, they are simply amazing and committed. Our new Town Manager Perry Williams has taken the torch of leadership and has built a solid foundation.”
Former Mayor Gregory’s legacy is something Norman says he hopes to carry on.
“In my new role as mayor, I will carry the torch of the mayor’s legacy with me. By being a public servant and carrying the mayor’s torch forward, one must focus on the past, present and future.
“Together we must embellish the past and look at the great accomplishments that our town has completed. In the past, the town of Yadkinville has been successful in providing an atmosphere that has encouraged economic growth that has transcended into a sustainable tax base while simultaneously fostering small business growth that has inspired entrepreneurs to move forward with their dreams. Our past and present town of Yadkinville leaders have established the necessary foundation to continue our orderly growth.”
Continued economic growth while still maintaining the charm of the small town is what Norman said he hopes for the future.
“In the present, we must focus our energies on sustainability. We must continue to sustain our pro-business attitude which will continue to generate a sound economic base and we must continue to provide exceptional services to our citizens. I believe that we have a Public Works Department, Police Department and Town Hall staff that set the pace in professionalism and performance on a day-in-and-day out basis. Our employees are wonderful!
“In the future, we must continue to invest in economic development and work closely with our Economic Development resources to help us recruit, retain and grow our tax base. We must look at additional revenue sources so that our citizens can continue to enjoy a low tax rate. We must build and establish sound relationships with the County of Yadkin as well as with the other municipalities within our county that will foster a spirit of teamwork and commitment to each other. Sound relationships and improved communications are the cornerstone to our success as we move forward.
“My vision is for our town to be recognized and seen as progressive while still embracing the small town charm,” Norman said.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.