Back in the saddle: Bill Lashley returns to board of commissioners

After a month-long convalescence that included 20 days in intensive care at Duke University Hospital, commissioner Bill Lashley returned to the dais on Thursday when Alamance County’s board of commissioners convened a special-called meeting on the county’s next annual budget.

Although fully mobile and in reasonably high spirits, Lashley acknowledged that he was a little bit worse for wear after the health scare that had taken him out of commission.

Lashley, 58, had been hospitalized at Duke on May 1 and remained in intensive care for 20 days there following a brain hemorrhage – somewhat similar to a stroke.

“Honestly, I’m a little shaky,” he said before the meeting began four weeks and one day after his hospitalization. “This is the first day in about a month that I’ve had something to do.”

Lashley was nevertheless hopeful that his stamina would hold up throughout the forthcoming meeting, which was scheduled to let the commissioners tweak the county manager’s proposed budget ahead of a public hearing on Monday.