New Hanover County Commissioners Sworn In During Dec. 7th Ceremony

New Hanover County Commissioners Sworn In During Dec. 7th Ceremony

New Hanover County Commissioners Sworn In During Dec. 7th Ceremony Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 08 December 2020 02:48

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners held a swearing in ceremony on Monday December 7th. Incumbent County Commissioner  Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and newly-elected Commissioners Deb Hays and Bill Rivenbark took the oath of office.
Commissioner Barfield is entering his fourth term on the Board of Commissioners. He's severed since 2008. Commissioners Hays and Rivenbark will be serving their first terms on the board. All three will serve four-year terms and join Commissioners Julia Olson-Boseman and Rob Zapple on the board.
The Board unanimously elected the chair and vice-chair for the upcoming year. Commissioner Julia Olson-Boseman will serve as the board’s chair for a second consecutive year, and Commissioner Hays will serve as vice-chair.
Once sworn in, the Board  approved funding for the New Hanover School System to provide a $750 bonus to all employees for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The payments will be made prior to Christmas.
Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman explained, "We have to make sure all of our kids are getting the direction, support, and assistance they need when they are inside the classroom and learning remotely; and we have to make sure our teachers and school staff have the resources they need, and that they too feel supported, and appreciated."
She explained, "As a parent of a child in the school system, this is incredibly personal for me. I see first-hand what these kids are going through, and how our teachers, principals, bus drivers, food service providers, and so many more – are stepping up to do all they can during these hard and constantly changing times. So this funding is a big step in our support of New Hanover County Public Schools during the pandemic and is the right thing to do."
The Board then requested the County Board of Education to plan to send  pre-k and elementary students back to school full time, under Plan A and with all safety precautions in place, beginning in January.
Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Jr. has been a resident of New Hanover County since age one and graduated from New Hanover High School in 1984. He is the owner of Barfield & Associates Realty, LLC and has been a licensed Realtor since 1997. He served as president of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors in 2007. Commissioner Barfield is married to Laura Renita Barfield and they have four daughters. His favorite pastimes are reading and golf.
New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Representative
• Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
• Legion Stadium Commission
• Local Emergency Planning Committee
• Parks Conservancy Board of Directors
Professional Organizations
• NACo Transportation Steering Committee
• NCACC General Government Steering Committee
• NCACC Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee
• NCACC Tax and Finance Steering Committee
Community Involvement
• Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence
• Children’s Museum Board of Directors
• Former member of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors
• Former Chairman of Affordable Housing Coalition of Southeastern North Carolina
• Former member of the NC Sheriffs Education and Training Standards Commission (Governor Purdue’s appointee).
Commissioner Deb Hays is a professional member of the real estate community, and is a committed civic leader, actively involved in local, state, and national committees. She was awarded Realtor® of the Year in 2012, and the Hall of Fame award in 2020.
Deb has a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University, IBM Masters Program; and has experience as a Bank Officer, College Financial Aid Director, and longtime corporate employee of IBM. She was chosen as one of twelve members of NC Realtors® to participate in the first year-long leadership development program, Leadership/NCR and is a 2010 graduate of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Wilmington program.
She is actively involved in several community organizations, including Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) and Lump to Laughter. She has built over 20 Habitat homes, as well as 10 houses in Guatemala on a mission trip, participated in the rebuild of post-hurricane New Orleans, and served on the Community Leaders Task Force for housing, renovation, and rebuild post-hurricane Florence.
Community Involvement
• WARM Board of Directors
• Former Chair of the City of Wilmington Planning Commission and member of the City of Wilmington Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee
• Vice-Chair and past Treasurer for Wilmington Downtown, Inc. Board of Directors
• Vice-Chair and past Secretary for Airlie Gardens Foundation Board of Directors
• Longtime Committee Chair for the NC Azalea Festival
• Former Chair and Commissioner of the Wilmington Housing Authority and Housing Economic Opportunities
• Former Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors member
• Past Chair for Lump to Laughter
Commissioner Bill Rivenbark was born and raised in New Hanover County. He is a retired entrepreneur having run successful business in the restaurant and materials management industries. He has spent many years giving back to his community as a volunteer in the schools, with the Wilmington Hammerheads Youth Soccer Club and with his church. He has also recently served as a member of the New Hanover County Board of Education.
Bill’s greatest joys come from time spent with his family, wife of 29 years, Tina, three daughters Monaca Lachman, Melissa Biggs and Alex Rivenbark and their families. The Rivenbarks love their coastal lifestyle and exploring our world through travel.

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