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Commissioners Elect Lancaster Board Chairman, Council as Vice Chairman

Dec 04, 2017

FAYETTEVILLEThe Cumberland County Board of Commissioners unanimously elected Larry Lancaster as their new chairman today. Lancaster accepted the chairman’s gavel from outgoing chairman Glenn Adams.

“It’s a remarkable honor to be chosen chairman of the County Commissioners and I accept this responsibility out of great respect of this board and the citizens of Cumberland County,” Lancaster said. “I look forward to working with the commissioners and the County staff and all the municipalities and other community stakeholders in coming months.”

Lancaster was elected to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners as an at-large representative in 2014.  His current term expires in 2018.

Lancaster said water quality will be a top priority in the coming year and the commissioners will do everything they can, in conjunction with state agencies, to address the need for safe drinking water in areas with contaminated water. 

Other priorities include economic development, the County’s Capital Improvement Plan and the Public Safety Task Force.

Lancaster was born in Cumberland County and graduated from Massey Hill High School.  He is retired with 33 years of educational experience with the Cumberland County Schools. Following his retirement, Lancaster served as the Coordinator of the Small Business Center at Fayetteville Technical Community College and adjunct professor at Methodist College.  He was elected to Cumberland County School Board in 1996 and served for 18 years as District 4 representative.

Commissioner Jeannette Council was unanimously elected as the new vice chairman. Council was first appointed to the board in 2000 and was elected as a District 1 representative in 2002. Council has served four terms as the board’s vice chair and three terms as the board’s chair. Her current term expires in 2018. 

Council’s professional career included positions as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, acting principal, elementary supervisor, curriculum coordinator and federal programs coordinator.

During the meeting, outgoing Chairman Glenn Adams reviewed some of the County’s achievements over the past year, including incentive agreements for economic development projects; Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts; public safety highlights, such as the Cumberland ALERTS emergency notification system and reinstatement of the Public Safety Task Force.

The video of the meeting is available on the County’s website,, or YouTube Channel