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Hatcher praised as tenure on Town Council comes to end

South Boston News
Hatche / June 13, 2018
Monday night marked the end of an era as Winthy Hatcher Jr. wrapped up his 12-year tenure on Chase City Town Council.

The event, marked with a proclamation and a party, prompted an outpouring of remembrances and tributes.

Those who know and have worked with Hatcher say that during his nearly 55 years of service to Chase City — including his time as a council member and 35 years as a volunteer and leader of the town’s fire department — Hatcher made everyone around him better. He was a mentor and an inspiration to many.

His common sense approach to dealing with issues facing the town and its residents stands as a reflection of his values.

Hatcher started out with the Chase City Public Works Department in 1963. Although he retired from the department more than 10 years ago, Hatcher continues to work for the town as a part-time employee.

He was first elected to Chase City Town Council in May 2006. His leadership and sense of purpose as a public servant were demonstrated repeatedly during his 12-year career on Council, always attending to his duties and the needs of residents with integrity, charm and foresight.

Even before his time on Town Council, Hatcher made an indelible mark on Chase City. In 1978, he became the first African American member of the Chase City Volunteer Fire Department. Seventeen years later he made history again becoming the first African American fire chief in Mecklenburg County, a position he held for 18 years until his retirement in 2013.

Mayor Eddie Bratton offered the following testimonial Monday night at the close of Hatcher’s final meeting. “Councilman Hatcher has spent his adult life in service to this, his community. Winthy and the love of his life, Delores, chose to make their home on Endly Street and to not just live here but to be involved in the town.

“We could always count on Winthy to speak his mind on the important questions facing the town and his thoughtful insight will be sorely missed. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Councilman Hatcher and our best wishes for a long and happy retirement to be able to do the things he wants to do without worrying about his beloved Town of Chase City,” Bratton continued. “Winthy, both personally and on behalf of Council, I thank you for all you have done for Chase City and offer our best wishes on your next endeavors. May you have many years to enjoy your free time.”

In honor of Hatcher’s service, Chase City Council adopted the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Winthy Hatcher, Jr. has provided his valuable leadership and insight to the Town of Chase City through his service on Town Council since July 2006; and

WHEREAS, Winthy Hatcher, Jr. has also provide valuable insight through his service on the Town of Chase City Planning Commission since 2006; and

WHEREAS, Winthy Hatcher, Jr. has provided, and continues to provide, service to the citizens of the Town of Chase through his employment in the public works department since January 1963; and

WHEREAS, Winthy Hatcher, Jr. has also demonstrated his commitment to the town and its citizens through 35 years of service, 18 years as Chief, on the Chase City Volunteer Fire Department, having been the first African American member; and

WHEREAS, his unwavering public commitment to advancing the vision and goals of the Town of Chase City has been demonstrated wholly and sincerely, serving the Town with dedication;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Chase City sincerely appreciates his important contributions;

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chase City Town Council, this 11th day of June, 2018, acknowledges and commends his dedicated efforts.

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