Caddell Brings Experience as Board Chairman
Larry Caddell comes to the chairmanship of the Moore County Board of Commissioners with years of experience presiding over public bodies.
A former mayor of Carthage, Caddell was the unanimous choice of the commissioners at their Tuesday meeting. He succeeds Commissioner Nick Picerno.
“In the past, I turned this down because I know the amount of time it takes,” Caddell said.
This time, however, Caddell said he is better prepared to take on the duties of the chairman.
Laura Williams, clerk to the board, called the meeting to order and presided until Caddell was elected. Once Caddell accepted the gavel, the board voted unanimously to re-elect Jimmy Melton as vice chairman.
Commissioner Craig Kennedy made the motion to elect Caddell chairman, and Picerno made the second.
Later in the meeting, Caddell acknowledged that this has been a difficult year for his family. His home in Carthage was destroyed by fire a year ago, and the Caddell family has been forced to deal not only with the loss of their home but also with the loss of family photographs and other irreplaceable possessions.
Caddell said he hopes to move into their new home before Christmas.
Otherwise, the new chairman made only two changes. He switched seats to take the seat at the center of the desk and asked that County Manager Cary McSwain introduce each new business item on the agenda.
Caddell’s election is in keeping with recent board policy to alternate the chairmanship among those commissioners willing and able to serve in that capacity.
In addition to presiding at meetings, the chairman is required to sign all official board documents and to attend numerous other meetings and programs not required of other members.
Caddell served the town of Carthage for many years as a Town Board member, then served 13 years as mayor.
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