Beat One Supervisor Terry Herbert will not seek re-election for a third term on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.
During their end of the month meeting in Carrollton on Monday, Herbert informed the board of his decision not to seek re-election.
“I want to thank the board, and I hope that we put some things in place,” Herbert said. “I want to also thank the people of Beat One for giving me the opportunity to serve them.”
Herbert, 66, was elected in 2007 and served as vice president of the board of supervisors for the past three years. He said his decision to not seek re-election was not an easy one.
“This isn’t one of those things where you say after one year, I’ll retire,” Herbert said. “This is four years, and [after] four years I’ll be 71.”
Herbert said since winning the Beat One seat, nearly eight years ago, some of the things he wanted to change in office happened.
“For one we got the county out of the garbage business,” Herbert said. “That was something that I wanted to do from day one, and we did it.”
Herbert said holding budget meetings and stabilizing the county’s financial situation were two other things that the county was able to do while in office.
“It took us about six years, but I think we’re sitting pretty good,” Herbert said.
Herbert said with 11 months remaining on the board, there are additional things he would like see happen both in his district and throughout the county.
“The main thing I want to see is getting the Vaiden Clinic opened,” Herbert said. “That’s the main thing, getting some type of healthcare facility down there. Another thing I want to see happen is the county adopt a personnel policy. We need a personnel policy to show what we expect. Right now, there’s no guideline on how the county operates.”
Herbert said the completion of the downtown McCarley Road area (near McAnerney’s) is something he is also eyeing for beat one.
When it comes to his decision not to seek reelection, Herbert said it is something that he knew would be best for him and his family.
“This was a personal decision, and you have to ask yourself, what’s best for you and your family,” Herbert said.