JEFFERSON —The Ashe County Board of Commissioners unanimously named Jeff Rose as its new board chairman Monday morning.
He’ll replace Commissioner Gary Roark who has held the post since Dec. 1, 2013.
Rose said communication between board members and between the board and the public must improve.
“I’d like to see us work together better and I want the meetings to run more smoothly,” Rose said. “I think we could all work together a little better if the board members make more efforts to communicate with each other.”
Rose’s top priorities? To begin conversations with the Ashe County Board of Education to plan its new middle school and start discussions to get a new Ashe County fire training center off the ground.
“If possible, I’d like to see that tax rate come down as well,” Rose said. “But that’ll be determined in large part by what happens between now and the start of the budget process.”
The board also voted 3-2 to elect Roark as the board’s vice-chairman with Rose, Roark and Commissioner Brien Richardson voting in favor of the move. He gained the position over Commissioner William Sands, who was nominated as vice-chairman by Commissioner Larry Rhodes.
Monday’s vote was taken as part of the board’s annual organizational meeting which is held each year during the first board meeting in December.
“I’m sure all of us are going to be able to work together as a team and do what’s best for the county as a whole,” Rose said Monday during his commissioner comments.
Following the meeting, Rose also said he appreciated that the board had the confidence in him to elect him as chairman.
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