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Adams to lead county Board of Commissioners


By Keyona Smith

The new chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners is familiar with the job.

The board on Monday selected Glenn Adams to serve as chairman and Toni Stewart to serve as vice chairman. Adams last served as chairman in 2017. He also served as the board’s vice chairman in 2016 and 2020.

Adams was nominated by outgoing Chairman Charles Evans, who attended the meeting via a telephone conference call.

“I would like to nominate a friend of mine since the third grade, a person I do admire, and sometimes works my nerves, but he is a good man, I would like to nominate Glenn Adams for chair,” Evans said.

Adams represents District 1 on the Board of Commissioners; Stewart represents District 2.

Evans shared a video highlighting some of the board’s accomplishments from the previous year and some of the initiatives the board will be working on going forward.

Evans mentioned money coming into the community as part of the American Rescue Plan, homelessness and work with the county’s Rental Assistance Program.

Cumberland County has been allocated $65 million in American Rescue Plan funding. The county has identified projects and has sent them to the county Attorney’s Office for compliance review, Evans said.

As of Thanksgiving, the Community Development Department dispersed more than $9.7 million through its Rental Assistance Program to assist with rental and utility payments, Evans said.

The county also continues to work to address homelessness, he said.

A new emergency services and 911 call center should be completed next year. And the county continues to work on plans for a facility to replace the Crown Theatre and Crown Arena, Evans said.

Adams said the board will work together to move the projects forward.

“We do have some challenges. Some challenges not just for Cumberland County, it’s the pandemic—just as we (think) we’re about to come out, there’s a new variant, but one thing we do know is that this county is resilient and we will meet that challenge no matter what that is,” Adams said. “The great thing about this is that it’s a board that works together and we will be able to meet these challenges as we go forward."

Adams also mentioned money that Cumberland will receive as part of the American Rescue Plan, which provides federal funds to help communities recover from the pandemic. Those funds will benefit and transform the community, he said.

Keyona Smith can be reached at keyonasmith10@yahoo.com.