Commissioner Wayne Outlaw
Commissioner Wayne Outlaw
Wayne Outlaw filed to continue serving District 5 as its representative on the Nash County Board of Commissioners.
After being recommended from several candidates by the Nash County Republican Party, Outlaw
was appointed December 2008 by the Board of Commissioners to fill Jay Alford's unexpired term.
When appointed, Outlaw
would make only one commitment to the people of Nash County - "to always give his
very best effort."
Responding to a question about why he
is running, Outlaw
commented on his
deep roots in Nash County and his
desire to continue to work with fellow commissioners as they seek to successfully guide the county through these difficult economic times.
referred to the development of the upcoming budget, and the need to be proactive in looking at opportunities for savings which may have an impact on future budgets and ultimately the county's tax rate.
concern for the large number of Nash County residents struggling economically due to job losses, increases in day-to-day living expenses, and the challenges of the elderly and those with medical concerns.
As an elected leader, he
belief that every decision should be made only after careful study and consideration for all those that will be affected.
Some milestones by the board during Outlaw's tenure include opening of the county's first recreational park in the Red Oak-Dortches area; continued expansion of the county water system; approval of the Agricultural Districts concept which encourages the continued use of farmland for agricultural purposes; approval of resolutions to the state legislature and NCACC in support of changes to current annexation laws; started the county's second senior center in the southern part of the county; completed an approximately $400,000 addition to the Farmers Market located in Rocky Mount; and, approved additional security measures and staffing in the sheriff's department.
The most challenging issue the board has encountered during Outlaw's tenure has been the funding of school capital projects.
In September 2009, approval was granted for immediate funding of Middlesex Elementary School additions and a new field house at Southern Nash High School
Also in September, the board approved funding of a new Rocky Mount High School
in the 2011-12 budget year which would allow time for more clarity on the direction of the economy.
In January when the issue was again brought before the Commissioners, Outlaw
voted to keep funding of the new high school as previously approved and offered a motion to allow a referendum on the issue.However, the referendum motion was defeated.
"Although I feel strongly it would have been the right thing to give the people who will have to pay the bill a vote on this issue, now that the vote has been taken, I will honor and support the majority decision of the board," Outlaw said.
is proud of the votes he
has made on the issues that have come before the board, and would welcome the opportunity to talk with any individual or groups of individuals about his
stand on any matter.
If elected to continue his service as District 5 commissioner, Outlaw said he will continue to give his very best effort with the betterment of the county and its residents always paramount in his mind.
Outlaw was born and raised in Nash County.
He is a product of the public school system, graduating from Benvenue High School in 1965.
Following four years in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to his hometown and went to work at Abbott Laboratories.
While working full time, he attended Nash Community College, subsequently completing his studies at N.C. Wesleyan College where he received a bachelor's degree.
Outlaw held various positions with Abbott, and after 31-plus years, retired as a manufacturing manager.
Outlaw said he always has "stepped up to the plate" in service to the community and the community at large, previously serving the area through the Business-Education Partnership with the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, A Day for Wesleyan Volunteer, American Cancer Society Board of Directors and Fundraising chairman, Cities-In-Schools tutor/mentor, Rocky Mount Area United Way, Tri-County Industries Board of Directors, DAV Rides for Veterans Program, and as a Little League baseball and adult league softball coach.
Outlaw serves on the Aging Leadership Team for the Nash County Senior Center, is a member of American Legion Post 110 and is a volunteer with the Meals-on-Wheels Program.
was instrumental in the development of the Ruritan-Relay for Life Partnership
in which Nash County Ruritans annually sponsor the dinner for cancer survivors.
Currently a member of three local Ruritan Clubs
, West Mount, Dortches, and Down East Luncheon, Outlaw
has served at every level of Ruritan and has been distinguished with numerous honors locally, within the district, state and nationally.
Recently Outlaw brought national recognition to Nash County when he
was elected and served as the 2008 Ruritan National President.
Having the opportunity to share the stage numerous times with national leaders, Outlaw
is proud of the honor he
had to induct Virginia Gov
and his wife, Sharon, who is retired from the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools
, have a daughter, Mindi Collins, who is a teacher at Winstead Avenue Elementary School
, and a son-in-law, Bard Collins, who teaches and coaches at Northern Nash High School