11/11/11 — Andy Anderson to step down as Wayne County commissioner

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Andy Anderson to step down as Wayne County commissioner

By Steve Herring
Published in News on November 11, 2011 1:46 PM

Wayne County Commissioner Andy Anderson of Pikeville, the senior member of the county Board of Commissioners, has announced his intentions to step down from his District 1 seat on Dec. 6 ending a 19-year career on the board.

Anderson, 76, a Repub-lican, has recommended his replacement, Ray Mayo, owner of North Carolina Manufacturing, a Goldsboro machine shop. Anderson said he would possibly remain on the board if Mayo is not appointed.

In his letter of resignation to the board, Anderson cites a need to spend more time with his family, work on special projects to benefit the county and to "preserve" his health.

Anderson said Friday that he was not referring to any specific health problems other than just aches and pains and the strain of being constantly busy. He joked that between his and his wife's schedules that they just see each other when they pass on the highway and that he has to plan personal activities around county business. He said he wants to spend more time with his grandchildren.

"Daily county commissioner work is placing a great demand on my time and priorities," Anderson wrote.

"I have a great deal of respect for our current board of commissioners and recognize the many major accomplishments we have made in the past several years. I would not like to see this trend change. So, in this vein I have recruited Mr. Ray Mayo, a local businessman, to offer to the board of commissioners as my replacement."

If approved by commissioners, Mayo would complete Anderson's term that expires next fall. Filing for all seven seats on the board will begin in the spring. The election will be held Nov. 6.