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Mynatt Announces Resignation from Cabarrus Board of Commissioners

Dec 22, 2016 07:40PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

UPDATE: Former Cabarrus County Schools Board of Education member Blake Kiger was appointed to replace Grace Mynatt on the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. 

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Before the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners adjourned its December 19 meeting, Grace Mynatt (Republican) announced her resignation as commissioner, effective immediately.

Mynatt, who turned 81 last week, said in her resignation comments that she was ready to take on new hobbies and experiences, and spend time with her family. Mynatt stated she is in “excellent health” and wants “to appreciate that gift of time.” 

“I will especially miss all of these folks here tonight and so many others I have come to know and work with over the years,” said Mynatt. 

Chair Steve Morris offered his gratitude to Mynatt for her service. 

“Twenty-two years of unselfish service to the people of Cabarrus County is certainly something to celebrate and appreciate. I would like to personally thank Grace, not only for her service to Cabarrus County, but for being a mentor and example to me of exemplary public service.”

Mynatt was elected to her second term as commissioner in 2014. She previously served from 2006-2010, with one term as vice chair. Mynatt was also elected to the Board of Education from 1993-2006 and recalled to fill a vacancy in 2011-2012, serving as both chair and vice chair during her tenure.

Mynatt is a native of TN. She began her career teaching students in primary grades for 14 years in TN and NC. She and her late husband, Ben, moved to Concord in 1976 when he purchased Ben Mynatt Chevrolet and, in addition to her teaching career, she held various positions in the family business, Ben Mynatt Megastore auto dealerships.

North Carolina General Statute 153A-27 governs the process of filling vacancies on the Board of Commissioners. According to the statute, if a vacancy occurs on the Board of Commissioners, the remaining members of the Board shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy. To be eligible for appointment to fill a vacancy, a person must be a member of the same political party as the member being replaced, if that member was elected as the nominee of a political party.

The Board of Commissioners shall consult the county executive committee of the appropriate political party before filling a vacancy, but the Board is not bound by the committee’s recommendation.

The Board of Commissioners has set a special meeting on Wednesday, December 28 at 1 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Cabarrus County Governmental Center (65 Church St. SE, Concord). At this meeting, the Board will discuss the vacancy, with the possibility of either setting a process for filling the vacancy or filling the vacancy at that time.

Chair Morris asked that any statutorily qualified individual who would like their name considered for the vacancy call Clerk to the Board Megan Smit at 704-920-2109 or email mismit@cabarruscounty.us by the start of the December 28 meeting. County office are closed December 23-December 27.

Content courtesy of Cabarrus County Government Press Release.

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