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Commissioner White Resigns

Jul 16, 2013 09:29AM ● By Jason Huddle
CONCORD  — The exodus of another prominent Cabarrus County personality occurred on July 15 when H. Jay White Sr. (Republican) announced his resignation as commissioner, effective immediately before the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners adjourned their July 15 meeting . John Cox, President and CEO of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cabarrus EDC announced he would be leaving to head the chamber in Naples, Florida last week.

White has been a source of controversy during his tenure as a County Commissioner. He and Cox were at odds with each other over the slashing of the EDC's budget during the height of the effort to sell the Philip Morris property (which still continues).  White was also part of the 3-2 vote to end the county's contract with the Jackson Park Fire Dept, thereby closing the long-standing volunteer department. Last night one former fire department volunteer offered White "good riddance" on a social media site in reaction to the news of his resignation. However, none of those reason, or any other have been offered for White's abrupt departure except the fact that the law firm of which he is a partner,  Hartsell & Williams, P.A., submitted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ)  to Cabarrus County to represent the county's Department of Human Services. White said it creates a conflict of interest.

In his letter of resignation, White stated, “Hartsell & Williams, P.A. responded to a request for qualifications to serve and represent the Department of Human Services. If the County deems it appropriate to discuss this matter further with Hartsell & Williams, P.A., then it would not be appropriate to continue serving as a commissioner. Therefore, I am resigning my office as Commissioner in the event Hartsell & Williams, P.A. is asked to serve as legal counsel for the Department of Human Services.

“I have enjoyed the privilege to serve on this board throughout the years,” the letter continues. “The Cabarrus County staff and employees are truly exceptional, tireless and dedicated to our residents. I wish you, the board and the County continued success.”

Chairwoman Liz Poole offered her gratitude to White for his service. “Jay has served the County well for the six years he’s been on the Board,” Poole said. “The other commissioners and I will do all we can to ensure a smooth transition process. We welcome the new commissioner and look forward to working together to move Cabarrus forward.”

The process of filling vacancies on the Board of Commissioners is governed by North Carolina General Statutes 153A-27 and 153A-27.1.

White was elected to the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners in November 2006 and re-elected in November 2010. He served as chairman from December 2007-November 2011 and vice chairman from December 2012 until the time of his resignation.

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