By Junious Smith III / Staff writer
Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 at 19:19 PM.
While the Kinston Housing Authority board had its final meeting of the year on Thursday, there was time taken to honor its new commissioner.
Robert Brown, pastor of Temple of Deliverance Worship Center, was given an oath of office by Kinston mayor B.J. Murphy to serve a five-year term, which started on Dec. 5.
The mayor is responsible for appointing members of the housing authority, and Murphy said it wasn’t a difficult choice to make Brown a commissioner.
“He has been proactive helping city of Kinston, and has engaged the community with town halls on crime, as well as community meetings to preserve Mitchelltown,” Murphy said. “Upon further discussion with Brown, I found he has an extensive background with the housing authority, therefore, making it easy to conclude he would make a fine commissioner.”
Brown will be replacing J.E. Reddick, who is the general bishop of the United American Free Will Baptist Denomination. Reddick’s term ended on Dec. 7.
Kinston Housing Authority Executive director Rhonda Abbott said Brown would be a great asset to the board because of his occupation and knowledge of the housing.
“We will miss J.E. and his great service, but it’s also nice that we could have someone else who does work in the church come in,” Abbott said. “Also, Robert was employed here doing maintenance almost 30 years ago and spent part of his childhood in Carver Courts. He understands the program and is familiar with the property, so there won’t be much of a learning curve.”
Brown said he is excited for the opportunity.
“It’s a pleasure to be appointed by the mayor, and I’m honored to be on the board after living in the housing authority myself,” Brown said. “I lived in Carver Courts until I was 15, so I know what people go through, and I believe I can be an advocate to help young children.
“I want to be a role model, and show you can grow in the projects and still make something out of yourself through perseverance and hard work.”
Junious Smith III can be reached at 252-559-1077 andJunious.Smith@Kinston.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JuniousSmithIII.