Simpson becomes first chair re-appointed in six years
For the first time in more than five years, county commissioners appointed their chairman and vice chair to a second straight term. Jerry Simpson and Todd Johnson were sworn in during the board’s Monday, Dec. 5 meeting.
“He certainly has not failed us,” Commissioner Jonathan Thomas said when nominating Simpson for another term. “He led us through stopping a senseless tax on two thirds of our people called revaluation.”
Commissioners unanimously voted Simpson back in as chair. The Waxhaw farmer and former Cooperative Extension director had finished first in last year’s election, collecting 33,098 votes. Johnson was less than 500 votes behind. After being appointed on Monday, Simpson in turn nominated Johnson again to serve as vice chair.
“Todd is certainly one of those who sees the entire county and works diligently to hear the issues, to understand the issues,” Simpson said. “I have welcomed his leadership and confidence.”
The vote for Johnson was 4 to 1, with Commissioner Kim Rogers in opposition.
Simpson said he was humbled to serve as chairman of the board.
“It is indeed an honor and what I consider a privilege,” Simpson said. “I believe we have a lot to be proud of.”
Moving forward, Simpson said the goal was for the commission to focus on expanding economic development throughout the county. He also warned that with a primary coming up for two seats on the board, he refused to let the election become a distraction.
“I will not allow this board to become sidelined by politics,” Simpson said.