For Immediate Release

December 10, 2001

Dr. J. Breeden Blackwell
Elected Chairman of
Cumberland County
Board of Commissioners

Fayetteville/Cumberland County North Carolina - Dr. J. Breeden Blackwell has just been elected Chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners.

The Chairman of the Board is elected by fellow board members. All seven commissioners gave Dr. Blackwell their unanimous support for the chairmanship.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Blackwell outlined several goals he wanted to achieve during the upcoming year to include scheduling quarterly meetings with area mayors, extending an invitation to local high school students to observe meetings, the continuance of town meetings in the county's municipalities, ending duplication among local government agencies and finding a funding formula for public schools.

Selected as one of five outstanding commissioners from across the state, Dr. Blackwell has also been recently appointed to serve as an At-Large Director of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

Dr. Blackwell, who holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration, is a retired school principal who spent 30 years working in the public school system.

Commissioner Talmage S. Baggett was elected to serve as Vice-Chairman. The chairmanship and vice-chairmanship terms are for one year.

For more information on this news release, please contact Cumberland County Public Information Director Tonya Harris-Council at 910-437-1921.

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