Boswell is a Republican, it fell to the local Republican Party
Executive Committee to recommend a replacement to the Board of
Commissioners. The committee met Monday night and chose Rob Ross from a
field of six candidates.
GOP Chairman Browny Douglas told the Outer Banks Sentinel that Ross was
selected from a “very qualified group of people. I was very pleased”
with the field of candidates.
Board of Commissioners will have a special meeting at 8 a.m. on Friday,
Jan. 27, at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau to appoint Ross to
Boswell's District 2 seat and to swear him in as the sixth Republican
on the seven-member board. The only Democrat is now Danny Couch
of Buxton, who represents Hatteras Island.
the meeting on Friday, the board will also "engage in a retreat for the
purpose of discussing issues facing Dare County and taking such action
as may be needed."
announcement of the board's special meeting says one of the items may
be the compensation and classification study of Dare County
employees that was presented by the contractor to the board on Jan. 3.
"The board may take action on the salary study and other items that are discussed," the meeting notification said.
This afternoon, Ross said that the appointment will be his first venture into politics, but that he looked forward to it.
"I consider it a high performing, very effective Board of Commissioners," he said in a telephone interview.
said he has been active in the Republican Party since he and his wife,
Charlotte, moved to their Nags Head house full-time four years ago.
people, Ross said, had approached him and suggested that he should
throw his hat in the ring because of his extensive background in
finance. He added that he was friends with several members of the
board and "like and respect" them, so he decided to apply for the seat.
is a 1974 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania and received an MBA from Xavier University Graduate School
of Business in Cincinnati in 1981.
He began is career with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati in 1974 in the financial management program.
resume also includes an impressive list of financial management jobs
with Shasta Beverages, a division of Sara Lee; Taco Bell, a PepsiCo
Restaurants Division; Kentucky Fried Chicken, also a PepsiCo division;
United Industries Corporation as vice-president for finance and chief
financial officer; Carlson Marketing Group as chief financial officer
-- just to name a few.
retired in 2010 as chief financial officer for business development for
Limited Brands International in Columbus, Ohio, where he was involved
with the launch of both Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works in
markets around the world.
said he taught for a brief time at Ohio State University, but
eventually he and his wife decided to move full time to the beach house
they bought in 1992 after several years of vacationing on the Outer
Banks with friends.
Ross will fill the District 2 seat on the board until November 2018 when he will have to run for election.