New Hanover County Board of Commissioners take Oath of Office, elect Chair & Vice-Chair, allocate funding to school staff

Posted December 7, 2020 at 5:25 pm     Category: County CommissionersNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Re-elected Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and newly-elected Commissioners Deb Hays and Bill Rivenbark took the oath of office on December 7 during the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

This will be the fourth term for Commissioner Barfield, having served on the Board of Commissioners since 2008, and the first term for Commissioners Hays and Rivenbark. All three will serve four-year terms and join Commissioners Julia Olson-Boseman and Rob Zapple on the board.

The Board of Commissioners also unanimously elected its chair and vice-chair for the upcoming year during the meeting. Commissioner Olson-Boseman will serve as the board’s chair for a second consecutive year, and Commissioner Hays will serve as vice-chair.

Additional information about the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, including bios and official portraits, can be found here.

New Hanover County Schools Funding

At this meeting, Commissioners also discussed and approved funding for New Hanover County Schools to provide a $750 bonus to all school employees for their work during the pandemic, to be paid before Christmas.

“We have to make sure all of our kids are getting the direction, support, and assistance they need when they are inside the classroom and learning remotely; and we have to make sure our teachers and school staff have the resources they need, and that they too feel supported, and appreciated,” Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman said during the meeting. “As a parent of a child in the school system, this is incredibly personal for me. I see first-hand what these kids are going through, and how our teachers, principals, bus drivers, food service providers, and so many more – are stepping up to do all they can during these hard and constantly changing times. So this funding is a big step in our support of New Hanover County Public Schools during the pandemic and is the right thing to do.”

Commissioners also asked that the Board of Education discuss and plan to send pre-k and elementary students back to school full time, under Plan A and with all safety precautions in place, beginning in January.

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners’ regular meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month and can be watched live on, Spectrum channel 13, and Charter channel 5. The board’s meeting schedule, agendas, minutes, and video archives can be viewed at

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