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Cabarrus commissioner White resigns

Citing a possible work-related conflict of interest, two-term Cabarrus County commissioner Jay White resigned Monday night.

White, vice chairman of the board, said his law firm, Hartsell and Williams, is in line for a contract to represent the county’s Department of Human Services.

“If the county deems it appropriate to discuss this matter further with Hartsell and Williams, then it would not be appropriate to continue serving as commissioner,” White said in a news release.

White was elected to the board in November 2006 and re-elected four years later. He was chair of the board from December 2007 until November 2011 and was elected vice chair last December.

“Jay has served the county well for the six years he’s been on the board,” commissioners’ chair Liz Poole said. “The other commissioners and I will do all we can to ensure a smooth transition process.”

White praised county government and employees, saying, “The Cabarrus County staff and employees are truly exceptional, tireless and dedicated to our residents.”

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