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Pannell, Ricketts to lead Halifax Board of Supervisors in 2020

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Halifax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Hubert Pannell (right) and Vice Chairman Garland Ricketts / January 06, 2020
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will be led by a new chairman and vice chairman in 2020.

On Monday night, board members named ED-3 supervisor Hubert Pannell as chairman for the upcoming year, and they also installed ED-7 supervisor Garland Ricketts as vice chairman.

Pannell and Ricketts were each voted in by identical 5-3 margins, with newly seated supervisors Dean Throckmorton (ED-5) and Calvin “Ricky” Short (ED-1) joining Jeff Francisco (ED-2) in rounding out the five-member majority.

Pannell beat out the longest serving member of the board, ED-8 supervisor William Bryant Claiborne, for the chairmanship. Claiborne drew support from Stanley Brandon (ED-6) and newcomer Ronnie Duffey (ED-4).

Brandon nominated Claiborne for the top leadership position, with Duffey offering a second. Francisco placed Pannell’s name into nomination, with Ricketts providing a second.

Pannell has served on the Board of Supervisors since 2014. Claiborne has served for two decades as a county supervisor.

In the vote for vice chairman, Ricketts was nominated by Short, with Francisco seconding the nomination. Claiborne placed Duffey’s name into nomination, with Brandon offering a second to Claiborne’s motion.

After being named chairman, Pannell issued seating assignments for the eight-member board and then thanked his wife and family for supporting him in his public career.

Pannell closed out the reorganization portion of Monday night’s board meeting — the supervisors’ first gathering of 2020 — by striking an optimistic note, saying he was “humbled” to accept the position of chairman. “Board members, let us all work together. Let’s go to work.”

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So here again the BOS had the chance to do the right thing and support the nomination of Claiborne who is the longest sitting Board member and advocate for equality and what is just. Francisco is obviously doing the bidding of the Good Ole Boys as he is one of them for sure. Short is most certainly gonna follow suit since we know who he answers to and Throckmorton fell right in with the lot of them. It's a sad situation when the most respected member of the Board in our community is passed over for Chairman.


Pannell. I'm white and this picture of you above speaks a thousand words. In 2015, you supported Claiborne. Now you are chairman chosen by the similar group that you were in opposition to. What happened to your support of Claiborne?
Was their vote for you for chairman because you deserved chairman and were more competent than Claiborne or was it because they could maintain control of the county without appearing racist? They played the race card and you were their stool pigeon. Reverse discrimination by you of your own kind. You have just been played.


Ok do real work for the county. CUT the entire county budget by 10%
No new high school, no more money to the IDA, but we will know how that goes.

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