Jarvis sworn in for vacant Currituck seat
By Sandy Semans Ross
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
CURRITUCK — Selina Jarvis was sworn in as the Currituck Board of Commissioners’ newest member during a brief reconvened meeting of the board Monday afternoon.
Jarvis, a teacher at Currituck High School, was selected by the Currituck Republican Party Executive Committee last week to replace Bobby Hanig, the board’s former chairman who resigned recently to begin his new role as state representative for House District 6.
As Hanig’s replacement, Jarvis will serve the remaining two years of his unexpired four-year term.
A more formal swearing-in for Jarvis will be held at a later date, board Chairman Bob White said. Jarvis was sworn in on Monday to allow her to attend a joint workshop meeting of the commissioners and the Board of Education on Tuesday to discuss budget issues.
The reconvened meeting followed a work session held to interview Jarvis and hear from Currituck Republican Party Chairman Bryan Bass about the party’s process used to recommend Jarvis to fill Hanig’s seat.
Jarvis, who plans to retire from the Currituck County Schools at the end of the current school year, was questioned during the meeting by other commissioners about whether she would have a bias when discussions include the county schools.
She responded to Commissioner Mike Payment that she would treat the school district as any other agency, any other issue.
A study of Currituck’s school finances commissioned and paid for by the county last year resulted in a report that recommended a number of ways the school district could cut costs so that the county won’t have to raise property taxes to pay for education.
The Tuesday workshop was designed to see if the Currituck Board of Education has “applied the brakes” on spending, said Commissioner Paul Beaumont.
Jarvis said she has heard about the report but hasn’t seen it.
Although Jarvis will be an employee of the school district until the end of the school year, County Attorney Ike McRee said that she will not have a conflict of interest when dealing with school issues. He noted that Jarvis will not have a say in how county money appropriated to the school district is spent.
State statutes allow the political party of the person leaving during an unexpired term to recommend a replacement candidate for the appointing board to consider. It can choose that candidate or choose someone else.
Three other Currituck Republicans applied to the GOP Executive Committee to be considered for Hanig’s seat, one of whom later withdrew her name.