Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale was elected Second Vice President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) on Saturday, Aug. 20, during the Association’s 104th Annual Conference, which was held in Cabarrus County.
Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons performed the inauguration ceremony for Commissioner Beale and the other elected county commissioners who will serve as NCACC officers in 2011-2012.
According to Beale, it is crucial to continue the tradition of the NCACC and of counties working together on a state level, and he is excited to be a part of the process.
As NCACC Second Vice President, Beale will work closely with the other members of the NCACC Executive Committee to guide the NCACC Board of Directors on legislative and administrative issues affecting counties throughout the year.
“I would like to thank the citizens of Macon County for allowing me to serve them, because without them I would not have had the opportunity to serve at a higher level,” said Beale. Beale also took the time to show gratitute to his colleagues. “I’d also like to thank my colleagues, who have been really supportive and my delegates across the state for allowing me to serve in this capacity.”
Beale is in his second term as member of the Macon County Board of Commissioners. As chair of the NCACC Health and Human Services Steering Committee, he served as a member of the NCACC Board of Directors in 2010-11. Beale has also served as a member of the NCACC Legislative Goals Committee (2010-11) and the Public Education Steering Committee (2008-09).
According to Beale, his main focus while being elected to the NCACC is to help the citizens of Macon County on a larger scale, and in return help the other rural counties in the region. “I am really excited for this opportunity and am ready to work hard,” said Beale.
Cumberland County Chairman of the Board Kenneth Edge was sworn in as President and will work closely with the other members of the NCACC Executive Committee – President Elect Howard Hunter III of Hertford County; First Vice President Ray Jeffers of Person County; Second Vice President Ronnie Beale of Macon County and Past President Joe Bryan of Wake County – to guide the NCACC Board of Directors on legislative and administrative issues affecting counties throughout the year.
In other business of the NCACC 104th Conference, Wake County Commissioner Joe Bryan announced seven members of the inaugural Hall of Fame class of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. Bryan completed his term as 2010-11 NCACC president at the conference, which was held in Cabarrus County.
“Part of what makes our organization so strong is that we remember our past, and that is why we recognize and honor our past presidents each year,” said Bryan. “Throughout our more than 100 years, there have been many individuals who stood out – some for the indelible contributions they made while serving our Association, and others for what they accomplished afterward.
“The members of our first class of Hall of Fame inductees are among the Titans of this organization.”
To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, individuals must have been active within the NCACC served on the Board of Directors. Achievements made after an individual left the Association and how those accomplishments reflected upon the Association are also considered. Each year, the NCACC’s Executive Committee will bring forth new honorees to include in the Hall of Fame.
The first class of inductees includes:
• Former Craven County Commissioner C.E. Foy;
• Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner, U.S. Rep. and N.C. Governor Jim Martin;
• Former Richmond County Commissioner and N.C. Sen. Richard Conder;
• Former Orange County Commissioner and current Secretary of Administration Moses Carey;
• Former Pasquotank County Commissioner and current N.C. Rep. Bill Owens;
• Current Wake County Commissioner Betty Lou Ward;
• Former NCACC Executive Director Ron Aycock.