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Banker to stay on civil service board
County employees keep rep
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Forsyth County News

The temporary member of the Forsyth County Civil Service Board won the vote of employees to hold a four-year term as their representative.

Tim Perry, a local banker, has been serving temporarily on the three-member panel since September after longtime employee representative John Blanchard resigned in August.

Perry was appointed by the civil service board’s other two members to serve until an election could be completed.

The board reviews appeals of disciplinary measures or firings of qualifying county employees.

Perry’s appointment is expected to be ratified by county commissioners prior to the civil service board’s first meeting of the year, which is set for Jan. 10.

Perry and Charles Laughinghouse, a former county commissioner, were nominated for the position.

The weeklong election this month yielded 193 votes for Perry and 44 for Laughinghouse, board clerk Charity Clark said.

“I was pleased with the participation level,” Clark said. “The election ran smoothly, and we were able to remain in compliance with the new policy, which wasn’t significantly different than what we have done in the past, but the policy allowed for a clear and concise time frame and overall election process.”

County commissioners approved a revision to the civil service board’s election process in October to set discrete time periods for nominations and elections.