DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Commissioners has set a deadline of next Monday to find a replacement to fill the seat of the late Commissioner Garry Scearce, and they’re seeking input from the public.
During Monday night’s lengthy meeting, Dan Kiger, chairman of the Surry County Republican Party, told the board that the party’s executive committee stands ready and willing to work with the board to fill the seat and make a recommendation to the Board of Elections.
Scearce died on July 22 following a battle with cancer.
Board members recessed Monday’s meeting and will reconvene the meeting next Monday at 6:30 p.m., at which time they expect to appoint a replacement to Scearce’s seat.
North Carolina statute 153A-27 “permits remaining members of the board to appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy through the first Monday in December, next following the first general election held more than 60 days after the vacancy occurs.”