In a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Johnston County Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Todd Sutton of Kenly to the board.
Sutton will fill the vacant seat left by former Chairman Larry Strickland, who stepped down in December to serve in the NC House District 28, representing Johnston County.
“I love Johnston County. It is my home.” said Sutton. “I do not take this appointment lightly. Now is the time to go to work.” He added that he will make the best decisions possible for the school children and parents.
Sutton’s wife, Lynda, is a teacher with Johnston County Schools and his two children attend schools in the North Johnston district.
“I would like to commend my fellow board members for making an excellent choice to fill the open seat left by Larry Strickland,” said Chairman Michael C. Wooten. “Mr. Sutton is a Godly man and will be a valuable asset to Johnston County Schools and the sitting board.”
Board member Dr. Peggy Smith said she has known Sutton and his family for 20 years and called it an honor to serve with him on the board.
“I’m excited for him to be one of the 7 members of the Johnston County Board of Education,” stated board member Butler Hall moments after the vote.
Sutton will serve as a Johnston County Board of Education member until the vacant term ends in November 2018.