During December, I met with every department head in Carrboro, and received a thorough orientation about their duties, organizational schemes, current projects and initiatives.

I consider it essential to have a good working knowledge of all of our departments; this will aid me greatly in the coming years as I work on my priorities and initiatives. I was impressed with the level of expertise and professionalism I encountered at every meeting. I feel confident telling Carrboro citizens that our “shop” is in very good hands, and I told our employees how much they were appreciated at the annual holiday employee luncheon on December 14.

I have also been reviewing the documents that are the basis for much of what goes on in Carrboro, for example, the Town Code (including the Land Use Ordinance), Vision 2020, the Northern Small Area Plan, and the RTS Economic Plan. In the past, I have had occasion to review various North Carolina General Statutes as they applied to issues in Carrboro, and will continue to do so as necessary during my term. These documents are the starting point for many of the discussions our board will be having.

I will be attending a program sponsored by UNC-CH’s School of Government and the N.C. League of Municipalities for newly elected public officials near the end of the month. It looks like we will be covering several interesting relevant issues as they pertain to elected officials.

Finally, we will hold our annual BOA retreat near the end of January at OWASA. We will discuss the myriad of issues that face our town and set our board priorities for the year.