Guilford County Commissioner Carolyn Coleman served on the Board of Commissioners for nearly 20 years, so the first meeting after her sudden disappearance will seem strange.
Although Coleman will not be at the meeting on Thursday, February 3, she will be one of the main topics of discussion as the board plans to pass a resolution honoring the life and contributions of the commissioner who, among other things, marked the history by being the first African-American female chair of the board of directors.
The first item for council after hearing from the speakers in the room that evening will be to “receive a resolution honoring the life and legacy of Commissioner Carolyn Q. Coleman.”
The Chairman of the Council of Commissioners, Skip Alston, will read the resolution. Normally, in these situations, a framed copy would be given to family members, however, the February 3 gathering will be virtual due to the pandemic.
Alston, who served with Coleman for nearly all of his two decades on the board, is one of many county officials who have expressed great respect for the late commissioner. He said this week that she was a mentor to him and he called her a huge loss to county residents and those who knew Coleman.
Although the two had their political battles on the board over the years – for example, over payday lending practices – on most issues they were in agreement and worked together towards the same results. This was especially true for issues of racial equity and issues involving the county’s less fortunate.
Coleman died on Wednesday, January 26. Alston, who spoke this afternoon at a major event celebrating the announcement that Boom Supersonic was building a $500 million jet factory at Piedmont Triad International Airport, was in the room hospital with Coleman when she died.