Commissioner Mark Richardson attended the January NCACC Board of Directors meeting.
Wake County, N.C. – The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Board of Directors met January 19th and 20th under the Association’s 107th president, Burke County Commissioner Johnnie Carswell.
During the meeting, board members heard an update on the partnership between NC State University’s Agriculture and Cooperative Extension programs from Garey Fox, NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Dean, and Rich Bonanno, Associate Dean of CALS and Director of NC State Extension.
Board members also received a presentation on behavioral health and the judicial system delivered by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby and Judge Steve Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. North Carolina Senator Jim Burgin, Chairman of the Appropriations on Health and Human Services and Health Care Committees, was in attendance to hear the presentation. Senator Burgin is also a former Harnett County Commissioner.
“Attending meetings like this provides us with vital information from across the state,” Rockingham County Commissioner Mark Richardson said “Staying in touch with other Commissioners and lawmakers help Rockingham County move into the future. I enjoyed my time with the Association and plan to bring their talking points back home.”
President Carswell provided an update to the board on his presidential initiative, “One More Thing,” which is focused on empowering North Carolina counties to invest opioid settlement dollars for the greatest impact. Additionally, NCACC Director of Government Relations Amber Harris presented an update on what to expect during the legislative goals setting process the Association will undertake in advance of the legislative long session beginning January 2025.
The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is the official voice of all 100 counties on issues being considered by the General Assembly, Congress and federal and state agencies. The Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of advocacy, research, risk management and education and leadership training.