On Aug. 13, Yadkin County Commissioner Kevin Austin was elected second vice president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. The association hosted its 109th annual conference in Forsyth County Aug. 11-14 and its new slate of executive officers was sworn in at the President’s Banquet held that Saturday evening.
At the Yadkin County commissioners meeting on Aug. 15, Austin’s fellow board members congratulated him on the election.
“When you talk with commissioners from around the state, you start to learn how well-respected and revered that our chairman, Kevin, really is around the state. It felt good to know we serve with him,” said Vice Chairman David Moxley.
“He’s the main spoke in the wheel of this board,” added Commissioner Marion Welborn.
Davidson County Commissioner Fred McClure became president of the NCACC, Durham County Commissioner Brenda Howerton became president elect, Surry County Commissioner Larry Phillips became first vice president and Pitt County Commissioner Glen Webb became past president.
“I did have a very highly qualified opponent and to win against such a highly qualified opponent makes me feel extremely good about this whole thing,” Austin said. “I am truly honored to be serving for Yadkin County and all the counties in North Carolina.”
McClure addressed the audience at the President’s Banquet and pledged to help counties continue to improve the state-county partnership.
“We will work together to help the legislature recognize that we are not 100 separate counties, but one unified group speaking with one voice,” McClure said. “Working together as a unified body, we can be a force to be reckoned with.”
Founded in 1908, the NCACC is one of the most successful and active statewide local government associations in the nation. The NCACC advocates for county government before the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government.