Carteret County Commissioner passes away

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CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) Carteret County officials announced the passing of Commissioner and former North Carolina House member.

Jonathan Robinson, 68, of Atlantic, NC, passed away late Thursday night.

The County is deeply sadden by this loss and will issue a formal release at a later time, officials said.

“We mourn the passing of Carteret County Commissioner Jonathan Robinson. Jonathan was a dedicated public servant who cared deeply about Carteret County and was a tremendous advocate for our Down East community. We thank Jonathan for his many years of service to our county as a commissioner and our state as a member of the N.C. General Assembly. He was always honest and straight forward. Please join me in keeping his family in our prayers during this difficult time.” – Sheriff Asa B. Buck, III.

Commissioner Robinson served the District 6 community since his election in 1998.

Commissioner Robinson left an imprint on County Government and the community-at-large by working to maintain low taxes, advance education, support tourism, and advocating the interests of commercial fishermen.

Commissioner Robinson also served in N.C. House of Representatives from 1995-1996 and, while serving, was recognized as the “Taxpayers Best Friend.”

“Jonathan was a true champion of leadership and was dedicated to the causes, livelihoods, and people of the Down East community. He is irreplaceable. He was from Atlantic and proud of it!” said lifelong friend and fellow Commissioner Ed Wheatly.

Chairman Bill Smith said, “Those that knew him, know how hard he fought not only for his Down East constituents but also making sure that the best decisions were made for all of the citizens of Carteret County during his over 21 years as a Commissioner. On behalf of the Commissioners and the citizens of Carteret County, we offer our deepest condolences to his family as well as his constituents. He will be greatly missed.”

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