Catlin will wait for new commissioners before leaving board
Catlin will relocate to Raleigh for his first term in the State House.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A newly elected state
representative will wait to step down from his current seat on the New Hanover
County Board of Commissioners.
Voters in the newly established 20th district
chose Rick Catlin to represent them in Raleigh starting next year. Catlin said
Wednesday that he will hold off on leaving the board until the newly elected
commissioners are sworn into office.
The current commissioners only have one meeting left
together, but Catlin said he did not want to shrink the already abridged board
by another member. Ted Davis stepped down as a county commissioners earlier in
the year when he was appointed to fill an unexpired term in the State House for
When Catlin leaves, the New Hanover County Republican Party
will make a recommendation for who should finish the two years remaining in his
term. The local GOP's most recent recommendation for Davis' empty seat, Melissa
Gott, was stymied by challenges to her residency in the county. Commissioners
do not have to accept a party's nomination.
Before Catlin leaves, he will welcome two new republican
commissioners in Woody White and Beth Dawson. Current chairman, and democrat,
Jonathan Barfield will return to the board for another four-year term. Current
commissioner Brian Berger will join those three in deciding who will be the
fifth person to round out the board. Catlin said the same people who will work with his replacement should be able to appointment the person as well.