PEMBROKE — Pembroke residents who have done without a mayor for about 19 months will have a new one on Monday when Greg Cummings is sworn into the position.
The public is welcome at the ceremony, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator, which is located at 202 Main St.
Cummings was recently declared the winner of the municipal election that was originally held in November 2015 and then again on March 15 when elections officials founds problems with the earlier vote. But the March election set off a series of protests from Allen Dial, who trailed Cummings by just a few votes. Among other accusations, Dial said folks from out of Pembroke had voted, and he asked for a third election.
The state Board of Elections recently decided to uphold the Robeson County Board of Elections’ recommendation that the results be certified that showed Cummings winning by a vote of 351 to 343. Dial had the option of appealing the case to the court system, but dropped his protest.
The town has been without a mayor since Milton Hunt’s death on April 8, 2015. Hunt had been the town’s mayor for 32 years. Councilman Channing Jones, the mayor pro tem, has been leading the council meetings.
Cummings is a former town councilman and is executive director of the county’s Office of Economic Development.