New Wake County Commissioners Chairman Tony Gurley is pledging a closer working relationship with the school board, assuming he still holds the post by the end of the day.
As noted in today's article, the commissioners will reconvene at 10 a.m. to try to break the 3-3 deadlock on vice chair. But Gurley and Wake Democratic Party Chairman Jack Nichols are expecting the Dems to try to revote on chairman if Harold Webb is able to attend.
Gurley insists that his election on Monday, made possible by Betty Lou Ward's unexcused bathroom break, lasts for the whole year. The Democrats may feel otherwise.
But if Gurley is still the chairman, he's talking about plans to work closely with the new school board majority. Gurley said he had received congratulatory calls from school board chairman Ron Margiotta and school board member John Tedesco.
"You will be pleasantly surprised by the relationship of the board with the school board," Gurley said.
Margiotta said he could work with either Gurley or Ward as chair of the commissioners. Regardless of who chairs either board, both will face a difficult budget year.
Margiotta rescheduled the Dec. 16 joint meeting that had been cancelled by former school board chairman Kevin Hill. Margiotta did it before Monday's commissioners meeting.
Today's meeting is on Time Warner Cable Channel 11, at least in Raleigh. Click here for the county web site for the link to watch it live online.
Harold Webb is participating by phone. Betty Lou Ward is calling for a revote on chairman. She's threatening to sue if Gurley doesn't allow a revote. Gurley has ruled her out of order, saying they can't go back because of all the actions they did after that vote Monday. County Attorney Scott Warren said he's siding with Gurley that she's out of order but would have to recuse himself in favor of outside counsel if a lawsuit is filed.
With Webb present by phone, it ended on one vote today with Ward being named vice chairwoman by a 4-3 vote over Paul Coble. According to Coble, it was the 129th vote on vice chair.