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SMITHFIELD-Johnston County Commissioner Jeff Carver announced Wednesday, Oct. 30 he won't seek re-election to his District 1 seat. Carver has served on the board for over 16 years, since January 2003.
Carver served twice as chairman of the board of commissioners, from 2012-2014 and 2016-2018. He is senior vice president, First Citizens Bank, Smithfield.
"It is with mixed emotion that I announce today that I will not seek reelection in 2020. I have spent almost two decades as a Johnston County commissioner and it has certainly flown by," said Carver. " As I look back this has been a time of enormous residential growth and major economic announcements. It has been fun to be a part of many wonderful things that have occurred in Johnston County and I will always look upon them favorably.
" I am very appreciative of the many relationships that have been formed over the years and can only say, thank you to all," said Carver.
Carver also serves on the Johnston Health Board of Commissioners, as vice chairman of the Johnston Health Services Corporation Board, chairman of the finance committee, as a member of the Western Johnston Regional Water and Sewer Authority, Research and Training Zone Advisory Committee and the Johnston County Round Table.
Ted Godwin, chairman, board of commissioners, said he's sorry to see Carver leave.
"He has been an effective leader and has provided valuable historical knowledge and insight for newer board members. He has helped all of us understand past actions concerning growth issues and infrastructure," said Godwin. "Of course, I respect his decision to lead a less stressful life. I often wondered how he could cover so many bases."
Johnston County Manager Rick Hester described Carver's record of service to Johnston County as "very impressive."
"I have learned a great deal from him. He has been very instrumental in keeping the County in strong financial shape," said Hester. "For the past 17 years, he has emphasized the need for - and has led us - in achieving solid bond ratings to lower our borrowing costs.
"Johnston County is a better place because of his leadership. I will miss working with him," said Hester.