E. Laurinburg distributes town duties

Mary Katherine Murphy Staff Writer

January 7, 2014

EAST LAURINBURG — During a brief business meeting on Tuesday, the East Laurinburg Board of Commissioners unanimously selected board member Cleon Robinson, Jr. as its mayor pro tempore.

Typically newly elected board member David Cooper would hold that position, having received the greatest number of votes during November’s general election. However, Cooper deferred to Robinson, who is beginning his second term on the board.

“Being Cleon’s got the most experience we’ll let him have it,” Cooper said. “I’m new at this and I’ve got to learn.”

Robinson, along with newly elected board member Tyresa Haywood were sworn in during the board’s Dec. 3 meeting, as was former board member and newly-elected mayor Wayne Caulder. Absent at that meeting, Cooper was sworn in on Dec. 13.

Also on Tuesday, the board members delegated town responsibilities among themselves. Cooper will take over the responsibility of obtaining supplies such as fuel and machine parts necessary for town employees to maintain the town. Haywood will oversee the town hall and book rentals by those wishing to hold social functions there.

In other business, former board member Betty Robbins, in attendance, reminded the new board members to complete state-required online ethics training before their six-month mark in office.