NCACC Mourns the Passing of Berlester Campbell, Robeson County Commissioner; Ed Melvin, Former Cumberland County Commissioner; and Robert Wiseman, Former Avery County and Mitchell County Manager

Berlester Campbell died last month at age 71. He served as a Robeson County Commissioner for over three terms and was expected to serve a fourth term. After winning his primary, he ran unopposed in this year’s general election. Campbell served in U.S. Army including deployments during Vietnam War in 1968 and 1969. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans organization and affiliated with the Antioch Baptist Church in Proctorville.
Ed Melvin died this month at age 72. He served as a Cumberland County Commissioner for four terms before retiring in 2014. He served on numerous boards and community civic and professional organizations, and was the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. He was an active business owner of Ed’s Tire and Auto Shop, and president of Fayetteville Tire Inc. and Tire World of Fayetteville, Inc. Melvin served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968.
Robert Wiseman died last week at age 71. He worked for 25 years in public service, serving in a variety of local government positions, which included Avery County Budget Director, Avery County Manager, Mitchell County Manager, and town manager for Seven Devils and Spruce Pine. He was a Vietnam Veteran and active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4286.

Transylvania County Announces Former NCACC County Management Fellow, Jonathan Griffin, Will Serve as its New Finance Director

Griffin served on a panel at NCACC’s Board of Directors meeting held June 2018 in Buncombe County.

Hurricane Florence Recovery Updates

NC Commissioners in NACo County News
NACo News article on Hurricane Florence recovery features Frank Williams, NCACC 2nd Vice President and Chairman, Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, and Woody White, Chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. Click here for full article.
Three Counties Added to NC Disaster Declaration
North Carolina’s Federal Disaster declaration has been amended to include FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) for three additional counties: Chatham, Durham and Guilford. Individuals and businesses are able to apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence. Click here for more information.
FEMA Public Assistance Briefings Offered
Briefings for eligible FEMA Public Assistance applicants to be held in various areas impacted by Hurricane Florence. Click here for more information.
Temporary Employment Program for Florence Recovery
North Carolina receives federal grant to provide temporary employment to address damage and other needs resulting from Hurricane Florence. Impacted counties can learn more about the Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Employment Program, by contacting the local Workforce Development Board or staff at the local NCWorks Career Center.
Golden LEAF Foundation Grants for Florence Recovery
The State of North Carolina provided funds to the Golden LEAF Foundation to make grants to units of local government of North Carolina working to recover from Hurricane Florence. More information is available here.
Disaster-Grants for Low-Income NC College Students
North Carolina institutions located in certain disaster declared counties were awarded nearly $2 Million in grants for low-income students impacted by Hurricane Florence. Click here for more information.

Registration Open for NC Transportation Summit

The N.C. Department of Transportation is partnering with NC Go! to host the North Carolina Transportation Summit January 9-10, 2019, where key stakeholders will discuss transportation safety, future transportation funding and new and disruptive technologies. Click here for more information.

DHHS Announces Opioid Grants for Local Health Departments

Twenty-two local health departments in North Carolina will receive a share of $1.8 million to implement high-impact, community-level strategies to address the opioid crisis based on the NC Opioid Action Plan. Click here for more information.

County Briefs

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) recently released results from their 15th anniversary Digital Counties Survey, ranking Cabarrus County third in nation and first in North Carolina in its population category for digital innovation.

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Western Piedmont Council of Governments received 2018 Aliceann Wohlbruck Innovation Awards from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Burke County Quality of Life Explorer and the NEXTGen Hiring Event.

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Several NC Counties Receive $2.5 Million in Grants To Address Opioid Crisis.

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Upcoming Events

Essentials of County Government

December 13 to 14 - Wake County
January 17 to 18 - Buncombe County
January 31 to February 1 - Pitt County

This two-day course provides newly-elected county commissioners with the tools they need to transition from campaigning to governing. It covers the basics of the role of county governing and the powers and responsibilities of a county board of commissioners.

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Leading Your County Governing Board: An Orientation for County Board Chairs

January 9 - Wake County

This one-day training provides an overview on the legal responsibilities and duties for chairs and vice chairs, how to run a meeting, tips for building and maintaining effective relationships, and advice on becoming an effective communicator not only with the media, but with the community. While this program is designed for board chairs and vice chairs, all commissioners will benefit from the training. County managers, clerks to the board, and county attorneys are also encouraged to register.

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NCACC Legislative Goals Conference

January 10 to 11 - Wake County
The Association’s two-day Legislative Goals Conference represents the culmination of a thorough, deliberate and inclusive process to set our legislative agenda for the 2019-20 Legislative Biennium. Each county is provided the opportunity to send a voting delegate, and many others attend this extremely important event for the Association.

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Public Health Director - Macon County

Senior Buyer - Guilford County

Town Manager - Town of Manteo, NC

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