By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: Jan. 10, 2018 | 12:40 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – A changing of the calendar means a changing of the guard on local government boards and the Prince George Board of Supervisors is no exception as the board’s first meeting of 2018 saw the election of District 1 Supervisor Alan Carmichael to the position of chairman for the upcoming year.
Leaders came together on January 3 ahead of the snow that fell across the region hours later to make decisions on who will serve as the board’s chairman and vice-chair, and other matters of housekeeping, including the establishment of meeting times and appointments to several boards.
With the exit of longtime supervisor Bill Robertson following his loss in the 2017 general election to challenger Marlene Waymack, Carmichael becomes the board’s senior member in the middle of his second term as District 1 supervisor.
Carmichael, who has lived in the county since 1978 and currently serves as the general manager of a third-party logistics distribution center out of Richmond, was elected to the post of chairman on by a vote of 4-1, with District 2 Supervisor T.J. Webb being the lone dissenting vote.
Joining Carmichael in a leadership role on the Prince George Board of Supervisors is District 2 Supervisor Donald Hunter, who was unanimously elected as Vice-Chair of the board for 2018.
Hunter was elected to the position of District 2 Supervisor in 2015 and continues to be one of the faces of emergency management in Prince George County, serving as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the county presently and a member of the county’s Local Emergency Planning Committee or LEPC while bringing years of local law enforcement experience to his seat on the board, having worked with Prince George Police, Sheriff’s Office, and Richmond Police, among other agencies and organizations.
Along with the election of a new chairman and vice-chairman, supervisors also made a series of appointments to various boards and commissions as two new members, Floyd Brown, Jr. and Marlene Waymack, begin their terms as supervisors.
Chairman Carmichael has been selected to serve as a member of the Virginia Gateway Region, an economic development partner for the region of communities that make up the “Gateway Region,” which surrounds the Interstate 95-85 corridor. Carmichael will also serve on the Chief Local Elected Officials or CLEO, Board of the Regional Workforce Development Board.
New District 1 Supervisor Brown was elected to serve on the county’s LEPC, known for organizing public safety and emergency preparedness events, most notably “Survivor Day,” which features a variety of panels, demonstrations, and hands-on interactives on how to prepare for disasters both natural and man-made.
Newly elected District 2 Supervisor Marlene Waymack was unanimously appointed to the Crater District Planning Commission, which is comprised of 11 local governments in south-central Virginia who focus on economic, industrial and small business development in the Crater region, spanning from Chesterfield and Charles City County to the north and west, south through Dinwiddie and Greensville and east through Prince George, Sussex and Surry.
Supervisor Webb will also be serving on an arm of the Crater District Planning Commission after he was unanimously appointed to serve on the Commission’s Metropolitan Planning Commission, which serves to develop transportation plans and programs for the metropolitan area.
The county’s next meetings will continue to be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, with supervisors slated to discuss business on Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 at 7 p.m in the county boardroom.