Perquimans board says farewell to Muzzulin, hello to Lennon


Surrounded by his family, Alan Lennon (second from right) is sworn in Monday as a Perquimans County commissioner by Perquimans County Clerk of Superior Court Todd Tilley (left).


By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

HERTFORD — Perquimans commissioners bid farewell Monday to Commissioner Ed Muzzulin and welcomed a new member, Alan Lennon.

After two four-year terms on the board, Muzzulin decided not to seek re-election this year. Lennon, who was elected on Nov. 6, is the first registered Libertarian to serve on the Perquimans board.

Perquimans County Manager Frank Heath and board members praised Muzzulin for his contributions to the county.

Heath said Muzzulin’s leadership extended far beyond just Perquimans, given the number of outside boards, committees and commissions on which he served. One was the regional landfill commission, where Heath said Muzzulin made sure Perquimans  was treated fairly. Another was the Albemarle District Jail, which includes Perquimans, Pasquotank and Camden counties.

“When he got on the (jail) board the finances were is disarray, but now they are showing a seven-figure surplus,” Heath said. “I think Ed has been a tough fighter, but a fair one.”

Commissioner Kyle Jones also praised Muzzulin for being willing to serve on 12 outside boards or committees.

“When you look at the list of committees he’s serving on, it’s twice the number of many of us,” said Jones, who serves on four boards or committees. “The county is better off for Ed’s service.”

Commissioner Wallace Nelson, who was re-elected the board’s chairman for another year, also alluded to Muzzulin’s service on outside boards.

“Most people think you get elected and that’s that, but that just scratches the surface of what commissioners do,” said Nelson, who serves on five boards or committees, including the College of The Albemarle Board of Trustees.

Muzzulin took the opportunity to thank the other commissioners with whom he’s worked over the past eight years. Among the things the board accomplished during his tenure, he said, was making sure county residents receive agendas of upcoming county meetings. He also cited construction of the new public library; creation of the new senior center; the Golden LEAF Foundation’s award of a grant to Perquimans for its boat ramp project; the county’s procurement of state and federal dollars; and the county hiring a paid director for the tourism authority. All of the items were accomplished while holding the county property tax rate low, he said.

Beside re-electing Nelson as chairman, the board elected Commissioner Fondella Leigh as vice chairman. Both Nelson and Leigh were re-elected to new terms on Nov. 6.