Beverly Boswell resigned from the Dare County Board of Commissioners at
yesterday's meeting as she prepares to head to Raleigh to fill
the North Carolina House District 6 seat vacated by Paul Tine of Kitty
The Dare County Republican Party now has 30 days
to recommend her replacement to the county commissioners after a
process that will include accepting applications and conducting
interviews, said Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard, who is
one of six Republicans on the seven-member board.
Boswell was in her first term as a commissioner
and won the House seat in the Nov. 8 general election that pitted her
against her colleague on the board, Warren Judge, a Democrat who had
served 16 years as a commissioner.
The race ended up marred by the tragedy of
Judge's sudden death just three days before the election. His wife
agreed to serve his term if he should win, but he lost to Boswell by
After the board unanimously accepted her resignation, Boswell said, "I am going to miss you all."
"This comes with our congratulations or
condolences, whichever the case should be," one commissioner noted,
referring to last year's occasional skirmishes with the General
Assembly over local issues.
"Commissioner Boswell worked very hard," said Woodard. "She takes a stance she believes in and she lives by it."
Woodard said Boswell, an avowed conservative, was
instrumental in keeping Oregon Inlet open to boat traffic, cutting back
on capital improvement from "wants" to "needs," and working with the
Board of Education on the "5 and 5" group.
Boswell will have a District 6 swearing in
ceremony, along with re-elected Republican Sen. Bill Cook on Thursday,
Jan. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Dare County Courthouse with a reception to
Boswell's replacement must live in the district that includes Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Colington.
ALSO OF INTEREST
Also at yesterday's meeting, Commissioner Danny
Couch was named to replace former Hatteras Island Commissioner Allen
Burrus on the Dare County Waterways Commission. Couch was already
serving on the panel as an at-large member. That seat is now open
and will be filled soon, Woodard said.
In addition, Pat Weston of Avon was elected to
replace Natalie Kavanagh of Frisco as the Hatteras Island - at large
member of the county's Tourism Board. Kavanagh served the maximum
two consecutive terms.
Both Weston and Dennis Robinson of Hatteras village applied to replace Kavanagh.
Commissioner Wally Overman nominated Weston, who
received six votes -- all from Republicans. Commissioner Couch
nominated Robinson, who received only one vote from the board's lone