MEMO TO: Mayor Barber and Board of Commissioners
FROM: Frank A. Rush, Jr., Town Manager
SUBJECT: Recognition of the Service of Commissioner Tom Hoover, Jr. and Commissioner John Wootten
Mayor Pro-Tem Messer will recognize the dedicated service and contributions of departing Commissioners Hoover and Wootten at the December 8 meeting. Plaques of appreciation will be presented to both.
In addition, Town officials, staff, and the general public will honor the service of Commissioner Hoover and Commissioner Wootten at a special ceremony at 4 pm on December 8, prior to the Board meeting that night. The ceremony will be held at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area. A copy of the program for the ceremony is attached.
Commissioner Wootten has served as a Town Commissioner for 14 years total, including the last 12 consecutive years. Commissioner Hoover has served as a Town Commissioner for 13 years total, including the last 9 consecutive years. Until the December 8 Board meeting, Commissioner Wootten is tied with Commissioner Messer as the longest serving elected official in the history of the Town of Emerald Isle. After Commissioner Messer and Commissioner Wootten, Lenora Heverly served as Mayor and Commissioner for a total of 13 years, 7 months, and George Spell served as a Commissioner for 13 years, 4 months. Commissioner Hoover is the 5th-longest serving elected official in the Town’s history.
I thank Commissioner Hoover and Commissioner Wootten for their exceptional service to the Town of Emerald Isle, and also for their support for the Town staff and me personally over the years. I wish them well in their future endeavors!