Town Manager pledges commitment to work closely with county
by Allen Worrell
During his first public interaction with the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, the Town of Hillsville’s new Town Manager pledged his commitment to work closely with the county.
Travis Jackson, who took over as the Town of Hillsville’s Town Manager on Feb. 1, spoke to supervisors during their Feb. 11 meeting. Jackson is no stranger to the board as he worked with the county on numerous occasions as the former Executive Director of federal funding agency Rural Development. With Jackson at the helm at Rural Development, the county was able to fund multiple water and sewer projects in recent years through the Carroll County Public Service Authority.
“I would like to just tell you how pleased I am to be back in this area again,” Jackson told the Carroll County Board of Supervisors. “We’ve always had a very good relationship. I am here to tell you today that I certainly recognize the importance of cooperation and realize foremost that every citizen of the Town of Hillsville is also a Carroll County resident.”
Jackson told supervisors he appreciates what they’ve done in the past and the sacrifices each one makes to serve the public. He said Hillsville Town Council is dedicated to working with the county to make the area a stronger region.
“I am committed to seeing that happen. I am going to be hopefully working with each of you on a daily basis to assure that we do bring economic opportunities to this region, that we grow the region, we create jobs and that we get those outside resources to invest in this region,” Jackson said. “We can only do that if we cooperate because whatever is good for Carroll County will be good for Hillsville, and whatever is good for Hillsville will be for Carroll County as well. Knowing each of you as I have in the past and knowing your commitment to this county, I know you will be equally committed to the town and I will pledge that support from the Town as well. I look forward to a very long relationship and one that is going to be fruitful for all of us.”
Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Chairman David Hutchins thanked Jackson for his pledge of support. He said it’s also been a pleasure for the county to work with Jackson in the past.
“We have many, many, many, many miles of water and sewer that we would have never had otherwise when he was in a former life,” Hutchins said of Jackson. “Travis, thank you, and we appreciate you being here.”
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