Dail presented Order of the Long Leaf Pine
Roger Dail, center, speaks at the Monday morning Lenoir County Board of Commissioners meeting. The retired Lenoir County Emergency Services Director was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the meeting, as well as receiving a resolution from the county commissioners. Looking on, from left, is N.C. Sen. Jim Perry (R-Lenoir), Lenoir County Board of Commissioners Chair Linda Rouse Sutton and Lenoir County Attorney Robert W. Griffin. Photo by Bryan Hanks / Neuse News
Roger Dail retired as the long-time director of Lenoir County Emergency Services on Dec. 31. Monday morning, the county he loved and helped protect for more than three decades honored him for his service to it.
After the Lenoir County Board of Commissioners announced a resolution honoring Dail and then renamed the Emergency Operations Center after the longtime director, four General Assembly legislators – N.C. Rep. Chris Humphrey (R-Lenoir), N.C. Sen. Jim Perry (R-Lenoir), N.C. Rep. John Bell (R-Wayne) and N.C. Sen. Don Davis (D-Greene) – presented Dail with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Gov. Roy Cooper.
“It was such a great honor and I’m very humbled,” Dail said. “I’ve said from Day 1 it’s always been a team effort – I’ve not really done that much, it’s always been the crowd behind me.”
Commissioner Eric Rouse lauded Dail’s service to the county and said he is confident in Dail’s replacement, Jerri King, who has worked at Dail’s side for years.
“To have gone through all the storms he’s gone through and weathered them all, Roger has served us well,” Rouse said. “He came from Lenoir County and worked his way up and made it to the top position. I hate to see him go, but Jerri is going to do a great job.”
Humphrey, a former member of the La Grange town council and Lenoir County commissioner, has worked closely with Dail through the years.
“Roger is a good guy who is really selfless,” Humphrey said. “Whenever I’ve needed him for constituent issues, he’s always been there.”
Roger Dail, who retired as the Lenoir County Emergency Director Dec. 31, was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by a contingent of North Carolina legislators at Monday morning’s Lenoir County Board of Commissioners meeting.
He was also presented with a resolution by the county commissioners at their first regular meeting of March.
It was also announced at the meeting that Interim LCES Director Jerri King had the “interim” tag taken off her title.
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