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Wake Board of Commissioners elects chairman, vice chair

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RALEIGH — During its regular meeting tonight, the Wake County Board of Commissioners elected its top leaders for the year ahead. The commissioners selected Greg Ford as chairman and Vickie Adamson as vice chair. Each will serve a one-year term in these new leadership roles.

“I am honored to lead this board forward — not only into a new year, but also into a new decade,” said Chairman Ford. “Together, we will enter 2020 clearly focused on making even greater strides towards our goals, which include education, affordable housing, social and economic vitality, and behavioral health.

Chairman Ford was first elected to the board of commissioners in 2016. He was re-elected in 2018 and served as vice chair. Prior to his career in politics, he spent more than two decades working in the Wake County Public School System as a teacher, administrator and principal. He is the first openly gay member of the board and the first openly LGBTQ+ commissioner to be elected chairman.

Vice Chair Adamson joined the board in 2018 — her first publicly elected leadership position. Before moving into politics, she worked as an accountant, and served as president of the Business Alliance at Southeast Raleigh High School, president of the PTA at Ligon Middle School and director of the Clothing Closet Ministry for Highland UMC.

The commission is made up of seven members elected by voters countywide. Learn more about the Wake County Board of Commissioners and view upcoming meeting schedules and agendas at