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Johnson gets Halifax town council nod

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Halifax Mayor Dick Moore welcomed Kristy Johnson to Town Council following her appointment Tuesday evening. / March 07, 2013
Halifax Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to tap Kristy Johnson to fill the Ward D seat that came open when former Councilman Phil Hammond resigned after moving to North Carolina.

Johnson was appointed following a 35-minute closed session, during which time Council considered four candidates for the position.

She was nominated by Councilman Tom Brown.

Johnson will represent Ward D on an interim basis until a special election can be held in November to fill the position.

The three other town residents who expressed an interest in serving on Council were Susan Granger, Phil Hollis and Ron Reiter.

In her letter to Council seeking the appointment, Johnson wrote, “My family and I purchased the former Dr. Wooding house in 2009 and have been lovingly working at restoring it ever since. We are enjoying our time in Halifax County (and) have worked at becoming productive members of the community.

“I am a member of the Town of Halifax Planning Commission and we participate regularly in a number of town sponsored activities including the Kids Christmas Parade, Earth Day and Farmer’s Market Friday Night Jams. I am also serving on the Mentor Role Model Board and the Halifax Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs Committee.”

She is currently the Director of Business Development and Operations for the Riverstone Energy Center in South Boston, where she coordinates all events and logistical functions for the Center, as well as marketing its assets and programs of the Modeling and Simulation Center of Excellence, C-CARE and the Riverstone Clean Energy Incubation and Commercialization Center.

Earlier, she was the Operations Manager for the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority.

Prior to going into closed session, Council heard former IDA Director Mike Sexton speak about his positive work experience with Johnson when she served as IDA Operations Manager.

Also addressing Council at this time was Susan Granger, who spoke about her background as a teacher. She also spoke of her credentials as a co-owner of a downtown business and as a resident of North Main Street for the past 30 years, where she has raised a family with her husband, Bill.

Granger said she expects to run for the Ward D seat in the November general election.

Mayor Dick Moore said he will be writing a letter of appreciation to all those who showed an interest in the Ward D seat and will encourage them to consider running for the seat in November.

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Just great, sounds like a person that just can't wait to raise taxes.

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