Outgoing Mocksville board members say town in capable hands
Published 9:32 am Thursday, December 23, 2021
By Mike Barnhardt
Earlier this month – three Mocksville Town Board members sat at the round commissioner’s table for the last time.
Brian Williams, Eric Southern and Amy Vaughan-Jones reflected on their years as board members at the November monthly meeting.
“People are what makes this town special,” Williams said. “We are truly blessed to call this place our home.”
He said he admires people who run for office nowadays, as arrows can be shot at them anonymously via social media. “Calling to public service is an important thing, and the town will be in capable hands.”
“The town is in great hands,” Southern said. “I thank the employees and board members for their kindness. All of us are doing what is best for the Town of Mocksville.”
Vaughan-Jones said she enjoyed her first years on the board when Dr. F.W. Slate was mayor.
“The last couple of years have been a little bit tougher,” she said. “But the town is in a wonderful place (with new manager, Ken Gamble).”
Board members Rob Taylor and Justin Draughn thanked the outgoing members.
“Good governance is making hard decisions and we’ve had a lot of hard decisions,” Taylor said, adding that board members are listening to one another more. “We don’t always agree … but we listen and stop and think, and that’s what the town deserves.”
“We all love our town,” Draughn said, asking the three outgoing members to stay involved in town happenings. “I do think the town is in a great place … in capable hands.”
Town attorney, Al Benshoff, thanked the retiring board members. “Government doesn’t work unless people participate.”