Chrelle Booker appointed to fill open Tryon council seat

Published 9:02 am Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TRYON – The Town of Tryon has a woman on council for the first time in a couple of years and the first black woman to ever sit on council.

Tryon Town Council met Tuesday, June 20 and unanimously appointed Chrelle Booker to serve the open seat of former commissioner Roy Miller, who resigned effective June 1.

Booker’s appointment is effective on July 1, which is the beginning of the town’s new fiscal year.

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Booker was one of three applicants to fill the seat. Other applicants were Nathan Sheilds and Allen Suber. Commissioner Bill Ingham nominated Booker saying no offense to anyone else who applied, but he’d like to nominate Booker because he knows she’s involved with the town, he sees her attend monthly meetings and she had good written recommendations.

Tryon Mayor Alan Peoples reminded everyone that Booker will fill the seat until the November election. Booker can file to run to finish the remaining two years of Miller’s term as well as anyone else who lives in Tryon. This year’s town election will include the election of commissioner Ingham’s and commissioner Bill Crowell’s seats, the mayor’s seat as well as the remaining two years of Miller’s seat. Miller’s term was up in 2019.

The new members of council will be sworn into office this December following the November election.

Booker said she welcomes the opportunity to serve the citizens of Tryon along with the board.

She said to the people who expressed concerns to town council earlier in the meeting, “I see you, I hear you and you matter.” Booker also thanked her parents, her pastor, aunts, cousins and the eastside committee for coming to the meeting and for their support.