By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: Jan. 8, 2018 | 2:50 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – A new year means a new look for the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors in terms of its chairman and vice-chair as leaders continued their rotating the position of chairman in order of District as Dr. Mark Moore was unanimously approved to serve as Board Chair for 2018.
Hours before Dinwiddie was blanketed in its first snowfall of the new year, supervisors gathered for their annual organizational meeting where leaders select the board’s new chairman and vice-chair, confirm the 2018 meeting schedule and review and adopt the board’s bylaws and code of ethics for the coming year.
Following their tradition of rotating the position of chairman, the end of District 1 Supervisor Harrison Moody’s time as chairman in 2017 paved the way for District 2 Supervisor Dr. Moore to move into the position, which he was approved for unanimously by his fellow board members. Supervisor Brenda Ebron-Bonner was absent from the Wednesday organizational meeting due to illness.
Moore, an optometrist who keeps office hours in neighboring Petersburg and a longtime resident of Dinwiddie County was all smiles as he shook hands with other members of the board and outgoing chairman Moody while they swapped seats during the half-hour meeting Wednesday. Afterwards, Moore opened up about his thoughts on serving as the board’s chairman during the upcoming year.
“This is going to be an exciting year for the county,” Moore remarked. “Particularly with ADLI [distribution center and regional headquarters] coming online and 150 employees coming in, as well as moving the county forward on its public safety and administrative building so we can take care of our employees and give them a safe environment to work in.”
Moore is no stranger to leadership roles as he has served as president of the Petersburg Lions Club for multiple years and chairman of the West End Baptist Church’s deacons, where he serves as an active member and Sunday school teacher.
“Filling in in a leadership role is something that I cherish and enjoy doing,” Moore said, adding that the strength of the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors is its ability to work as a cohesive team.
“Since we have all been here on the board together, we have worked fantastically together in moving the county forward,” Moore said. “We blend well together so this is going to be an exciting time.”
Wednesday’s meeting also saw the appointment of a new vice-chairman of the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors, with District 3 Supervisor Bill Chavis being unanimously approved to serve in the role in 2018. Chavis, a local business owner and advocate of community and citizen issues in his district and across Dinwiddie County was excited to be able to serve as the board’s vice-chair again, which he did in 2013.
“I look forward to serving as vice-chair to help the chairman out when he’s out and can’t attend certain things,” Chavis said after the organizational meeting. “I am willing to do whatever is needed to be done.”
Similar to his fellow supervisor and new chairman Moore, Chavis has a background in leadership on area boards, having served as vice-chairman of the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors in 2013 and later, chairman in 2014. He is also currently serving as chairman of the Tri-Cities Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO, as part of the Crater Planning District Commission. When asked about his thoughts on 2018, Chavis said he was excited about many of the prospects on the horizon for Dinwiddie.
“All the growth that is coming,” he shared, mentioning the new ALDI distribution center and regional headquarters along U.S. Route 1 and the opening of both the new public safety and health and human services/administrative building on the county government complex, all of which are expected to open in 2018. “We have a lot of good things happening here in Dinwiddie County and I’m looking forward to it all,” Chavis closed.
In regards to meetings, the board opted to keep the meeting times the same for 2018, with regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month, with the regular meeting taking place at 3 p.m. and public hearings being held at 7 p.m. Board workshops will still take place on the first Tuesday of each month.
The board’s first business meeting of 2018 will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 3 p.m.