Cynthia Petty will be Roxboro’s newest council member

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Roxboro City Council unanimously voted Cynthia Petty to be the newest member of City Council, filling the late Byrd Blackwell’s seat.

Petty will be installed at the Council’s regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 10.

Mayor Pro Tem Tim Chandler said that the Council was impressed with the quality of all the applicants for the seat.

“I think Mr. Blackwell and Mr. Stigall would be proud last week as they were looking down at the people who were trying to have a seat on this board,” Chandler said.

Council member Reggie Horton echoed Chandler’s sentiments.

“If we could’ve picked all 11, we would have done it,” Horton said. “Y’all put the burden on us.”

Petty thanked the Council.

“I would just like to say thank you for your trust in me,” Petty said. “I’m just tickled to death. I appreciate that and I aim to do as much hard work as you all.”

During her interview for the seat, Petty noted her willingness to work with the Council.

“I am here to let you all know that I’m here to work with you – I don’t mind working with you,” Petty said. “Plus, I know everybody has an opinion, so therefore we can work together and I’ll think we’ll be just fine.”

She said she would like to continue the work that City Council has done to grow the city and see some work done to address street paving.

Petty said she would also like to see collaboration between Person County Board of County Commissioners and the City Council and to see more business come to Roxboro.

Petty has a people-first approach.

“I love people and I like working with people,” Petty said.

At the Sept. 10 meeting, in addition to installing Petty, council members will begin the process of filling the vacant seat of Councilman Sandy Stigall who passed away last month.

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