By CALVIN ADKINS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
PRINCEVILLE — The new administration took office before a standing room only crowd and with the blessing from the three outgoing board members.
The new administration, Mayor Bobbie Jones and Commissioners JoeRoam Myrick and Pamela Ransome were administered the oath of office by Edgecombe County Clerk of Court Carol Allen White Monday night.
"It's new beginning for everybody," said Priscilla Everette-Oates, outgoing mayor. "I don't call losing losing. I call it new beginning. So those who did not win it's new beginning for them to do something else. Whether its Princeville or out of Princeville its new beginnings.
She added, "I'm not just leaving two out, I'm talking about the whole current board. All five of you all. I'm sending God speed to all five of you all."
Outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Isabelle Purvis Andrews, said, "I pass the torch over to the newcomers. It's tough out here. Its tough trying to follow the right thing to do. I hope that you continue on standing up for righteousness.
Outgoing Commissioner Calvin Sherrod, said, jokingly I will be glad to help you with no charge.
Plaques were given to the old board members.
The first item that the new board approved was selecting Commissioner Howell as mayor pro tem. Howell has over 20 years as a town official. This stint will mark the second term that she served as mayor pro tem. She last served as the second highest ranking official in the town during former Mayor Delia Perkins administration in 2005.
"I appreciate this board for entrusting the position of mayor pro tem tonight," Howell said. "I have served as commissioner under quite of few mayors. And I don't claim to have all the expertise for this position. But I will do my best."
Due to the fact that three incoming commissioners are first time politicians, Howell could play a pivotal part in the town government procedures. Commissioner Gwen Howell is the second most experience official. She is currently serving a second term.
During the commissioner comment portion of the meeting, Jones speech was in relation to his campaign theme, "Let Us Make Princeville Great Again."
"I don't make a lot of promises I'm not a typical politician," he said. "I'm not going to tell you things that make your ears tickle. I'm not going to tell you things that you want to hear. I'm gong to tell you the truth. I'm going to give you 100 percent effort to make sure that we accomplish what we set out to accomplish. Our goal is to make Princeville Great again. I can't do it. You can't do it. But together we can do it."
Ransome said, "I want to thank the people from Ward 4 for putting trust in me to better the people of Princeville and by the grace of God I will try to do the best that I can to help Princeville grow and make things better again."
Myrick also thanked the citizens.
"I truly think you for entrusted your vote in me," he said. "I'm looking forward to working with the board of commissioners to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Princeville. On a key note let's get it done."