Board recognizes Giles

Published 10:32 am Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Vivian Seay Giles

At the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors monthly meeting held Oct. 8, the board recognized previous County Administrator and County Attorney Vivian Seay Giles through a resolution of appreciation.

The resolution cited that Giles had dedicated eight years of service to Cumberland County. She began serving as both county administrator and county attorney in March 2012 and additionally served on the Piedmont Regional Jail Board, the Piedmont Regional Juvenile Detention Center Board and the Chief Local Elected Office Official Board.

The resolution stated that during her position with Cumberland, Giles had planned all aspects of key county development and planning. The board also explained that Giles served under the current board for two consecutive terms and gave countless hours of service to Cumberland County, distinguishing herself through her dedication and commitment to the serving of citizens.

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The board’s resolution also stated that Giles juggled all of these responsibilities while being a devoted mother to her four children, who love and support her.

A motion was made for the approval of the resolution in appreciation of Giles. It passed unanimously.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, previous Chairman David Meinhard stood at the podium and spoke in further appreciation of Giles.

“Her leadership, her willingness to work extra time to do extra things, have enabled this county to go for eight years without raising taxes and without increasing the debt that the residents of the county are responsible for paying off,” Meinhard said.

Meinhard also referenced Giles’ other contributions, such as finding a way to deal with the cost of solid waste disposal in Cumberland increasing greatly. He stated that Giles was able to meet that expense without raising taxes or affecting the county’s credit rating. He also cited that Giles was instrumental in finding funds for a new roof and the replacement of the heating and ventilation system at the elementary school.

Giles now works with businesses and local government as an attorney for Sands Anderson, a law firm based in Richmond.

The Farmville Herald reached out to Giles for comment, but did not receive a response before press time.