A familiar face was sworn in Monday night to the Matthews Board of Commissioners.
George Fossett served on the board from 1993 to 1999.
Matthews commissioners appointed Fossett to fill the final four months of former commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Joseph Pata’s term.
Pata, a first-term commissioner, resigned from the board July 29 after his arrest on a charge of misdemeanor suspicion of assault inflicting serious injury.
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Fossett is an Army veteran and retired professor from Central Piedmont Community College, where he taught construction, licensing and estimating.
He is president of the Construction Institute, an educational institution for construction professionals.
He and his wife, Pat, have lived in Matthews for 28 years and have two children and three grandchildren.
Fossett isn’t running in the November election, when all six commissioner seats and the mayor’s seat will be decided.