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Goldsboro woman takes Association of County Commissioners post

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Published in News on October 11, 2012 1:46 PM

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Johanna Reese

Goldsboro native Johanna Reese has been named director of government relations for the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.

She began her new duties Oct. 8.

Ms. Reese has served as deputy commissioner of the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles since November 2010 where she is responsible for overseeing the state's driver's license program, vehicle titling and registration programs, and administrative functions.

"Her experience has exposed her to many important county issues, particularly in the transportation and environmental areas," said association Executive Director David F. Thompson.

Prior to her service with the DMV, Ms. Reese worked for the state Department of Transportation as its legislative liaison. She also served as legislative liaison and public information officer for the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources where she represented the department before the General Assembly as well as handled its public affairs.

"We are excited to have Johanna join our team," said association Deputy Director Kevin Leonard. "She will certainly enhance our advocacy efforts, and we look forward to her representing our counties."

Ms. Reese is a 1986 graduate of Eastern Wayne High School. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, public relations and political science.

She is the daughter of Betty Henderson of Raleigh, and John Henderson of Goldsboro.

Ms. Reese also has an interesting tie with another county -- she is a distant relative of Leonard Henderson, former chief justice of the N.C. State Supreme Court, and for whom Henderson County is named.

Founded in 1908, the association represents the collective interests of counties before the General Assembly, state agencies and the federal government. All of the state's 100 counties are members of the association and participate in its legislative efforts.