Chatham leader leaving for Colorado

tgrubb@newsobserver.comJanuary 21, 2014 

— Chatham County Commissioner Sally Kost announced Tuesday she will resign from the board Feb. 1.

Kost said in a news release that it has been an honor to serve Chatham County. She and her husband Tom Kost, who is a molecular biologist, are planning a move to Golden, Colo.

Although Chatham commissioners are elected at large, Kost represents District 1, which covers the county’s northwestern neighborhoods and parts of Cary within the county’s border.

“I love this community, and it is heartbreaking to leave it, especially at such a critical time for Chatham,” Kost said. “If approved, Chatham Park could change the landscape of our community forever. The county board needs to do a better job of working with the community, the town of Pittsboro and the Board of Education to ensure that Chatham is prepared for this development.”

The Democratic Party will nominate Kost’s replacement, and the commissioners will appoint that person to serve until the November election. The winner of November’s election will serve until Kost’s term expires in 2016.

Kost was first elected to the board in 2008 on a platform of open government, smart growth, economic development and better schools. A strong environmental protection advocate, she served as the board’s vice chairwoman in 2009 and its chairwoman in 2010.

She has been active in Chatham County political and environmental issues since 2003, serving on several local, regional and state boards. She also was a member and chairwoman of the Chatham County Planning Board and the former Democratic Party chairwoman for the East Williams precinct.

For more than two decades, Kost also worked as a budget professional with the Federal Reserve, the Nebraska Legislature, Wake and Orange county governments and the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office.

Former Commissioners Chairman George Lucier praised Kost this week for her leadership and budget knowledge.

“Sally has often been the lone voice on many progressive issues, including affordable housing, environmental protection and better land use planning. She will be greatly missed,” he said.

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