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Nash commissioners appoint register of deeds, emergency services director

Posted on October 11, 2021

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NASHVILLE — Nash County commissioners filled two major vacancies, caused by a death and a retirement, during their Oct. 4 regular monthly meeting.

Assistant Register of Deeds Sandra Davis was appointed to fill late Register of Deeds Anne Melvin’s unexpired term after the Nash County Democratic Party executive committee nominated her for the appointment. Clerk of Superior Court Linda Thorne promptly swore her into office.

Commissioners also unanimously appointed Assistant Emergency Services Director Scott Rogers as emergency services director, replacing Brian Brantley, who retired Oct. 1 after 36 years of service. As director, Rogers will be responsible for all emergency management, the 911 call center and emergency medical services.

Melvin, first elected register of deeds in 2011, died on Sept. 2 at age 57 after a long period of declining health. She would have been up for reelection for another four-year term next year. 

Davis has been with the Nash County Register of Deeds office for 14 years and served as Melvin’s assistant for the last nine years.

“I’m excited to be able to finish out Anne’s term, but sad that it is because she has deceased,” Davis said afterward. “It seems strange to be in this position. Anne was sick, but I did not expect (her death).”

“I don’t expect anything but great things from this department. Anything the board can do to help you going forward, don’t hesitate to call us anytime,” county board Chairman Robbie Davis responded.

County Manager Zee Lamb told commissioners he had appointed Rogers as interim emergency services director on Sept. 30 with the intent of recommending him to follow Brantley since emergency management requires board approval. He said Brantley called Scott Rogers “a No. 2 person for succession purposes” eight years ago.

“For the last eight years, Scott Rogers has worked under Mr. Brantley and is prepared to take over the job,” Lamb told commissioners. “He has the support of many in the community and the staff.”

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