November 15, 2013
LAURINBURG — The Maxton Board of Commissioners is currently one member short.
Timothy McMillan, who was elected in 2011 to a four-year term on the five-member board, recently submitted his resignation to Mayor Sallie McLean. McMillan had to give up his seat because he moved from Maxton to Laurinburg, according to McLean.
According to McLean, she has not yet officially presented McMillan’s resignation letter to the Board of Commissioners. She said that since commissioners have not been officially informed, there has been no organized effort to replace McMillian on the board.
“The council hasn’t discussed this,” McLean said. “I don’t know how we will fill the position or how soon it will be filled.”
McLean declined to provide any details to McMillan’s departure from the board.
McLean said it was “premature” to discuss the board vacancy until she has a chance to provide each commissioner with the his resignation letter.
“I don’t want council members to get upset with me because they first read about this in the paper,” she said.
McLean said she expects the board will talk about filling the vacancy when the commissioners meet for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.
“With the elections now over, the board will discuss it,” McLean said.
The municipal elections were held on Nov. 5. During those elections, Maxton voters ousted incumbent Victor Womack Sr. and elected newcomer Margaret Wilkerson Gilchrist and former Commissioner Emmett “Chip” Morton. Commissioner James McDougald did not seek re-election to the board.
The Pembroke Town Council had a similar situation when Robert Williamson, who had been elected to the board in November 2011, died in early 2012. The council never replaced Williamson on the council, leaving it to voters in the Nov. 5 election to pick a replacement for the balance of the four-year term.
In that race, Mitch Lowry leads former Councilman Larry McNeill by two votes. A recount today at the county Board of Elections is expected to decide the winner.