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Whitsett town council quickly appoints planning board member to sudden vacancy on council


Whitsett’s town council inducted a new member last week to replace former councilman Jaime King, who recently gave up his seat when he moved outside of the town’s corporate limits.

During a regularly-scheduled meeting on March 9, a bare, three-person quorum of the council formally tapped Craig York to take King’s place on the dais.

A lifelong resident of Whitsett and the owner of a local photography studio, York had served on Whitsett’s planning board prior to his appointment to the council last week.

Although York’s elevation has left a vacancy in the planning board’s membership, Whitsett’s administrator Ken Jacobs assured the council that someone may have already emerged to fill the opening on this appointed, advisory board.

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“[Whitsett’s mayor pro tem] Jerry [Rice] gave me a lead on someone to replace Craig on the planning board,” Jacobs elaborated that evening. “For whatever reason, we’re getting more people who are interested in serving the town.”

See the newspaper’s editorial page opinion on the procedure used by the council without letting the public at large know of the vacancy on the town council:

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