By TAYLOR FOSTER
For The Record
On Thursday night, the Coats Board of Commissioners held its monthly meeting to go over business in the community. The night was extra special for Robert “Bob” Hedrick because he was sworn into the vacant commissioner’s spot that became available when Chris Coats, who had been commissioner, took over as mayor.
Mr. Hedrick held a previous commissioner position approximately 10 years ago, so he fits in perfectly for the job. He is scheduled to fill the position until 2019.
Prior to being a commissioner, Mr. Hedrick was a teacher, first at Wake Christian Academy where he taught for 14 years before coming to Harnett County Schools. While in Harnett County, he taught at Angier Middle School for a year, Lillington Middle for a year, Dunn Middle for a year, Erwin Elementary for seven years, and finally settled into Coats-Erwin Middle School for 15 years. There he taught and coached soccer until his retirement from teaching.
When asked why he wanted to take over the position he said, “I’m willing to help the town. I’m willing to serve.” The position was unanimously agreed upon by the other commissioners, and he was nominated by Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Beasley. His wife, Keely Hedrick, was a little more wary of him becoming a commissioner but still accepted it with open arms as she assisted in swearing him into position. “He loves the town and he’ll be fully committed to the position,” she said. “I’m getting excited.”
On his first night, just after being sworn in by Mayor Coats, Commissioner Hedrick decided to also fill the vacant spot on the Parks and Recreation Committee that had been previously tabled at the January meeting.