Stanfield gains new town commissioner

Published 8:51 pm Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Stanfield Town Council gained a new town commissioner Thursday night after losing one last month.

Commissioner James Griffin nominated Faye Love to replace Rick Williams, who resigned during the June meeting due to his family’s move to Lake Tillery.

The council decided to add a fifth commissioner because too much pressure was placed on Mayor Kevin Barbee to break a tie with a four-member council.

“It gives us more opinions and more things to consider when we have a full council here,” Barbee said. “With five people instead of four, you get a little bit more diversity.”

The Town Council unanimously approved Griffin’s nomination. Love was sworn in as the town’s first black commissioner.

Love will take over Williams’ administrative role, which involves monthly status reports regarding the town’s finances.

“It feels fantastic,” Love said. “I feel good knowing I’m able to serve the town that I live in and I hope that I do a good job.”

She had an idea she would be nominated during the meeting but wasn’t sure.

Love, who is from Badin, has lived with her husband Ronald in Stanfield for 10 years.

Now retired, Love worked in the department of social services in child welfare services in Stanly, Union and Mecklenburg counties.

The council is also collecting school supplies for Stanfield Elementary for the upcoming school year.

The supplies needed are Germex, paper clips, white out, file folders, stickie notes, ziploc bags (any size), color copy paper, large case crayons, scotch tape, box copy paper, Kleenex and Clorox wipes.

The supplies can be dropped off at the Stanfield Town Hall.

The next regular council meeting is Sept. 5.

Contact Chris Miller at 704-982-2122

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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