S.T. Wooten's Jonathan Bivens named to state panel

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has named a Wilson businessman to the North Carolina Sedimentation Control Commission.

Jonathan Bivens, vice president of engineering for S.T. Wooten Corp., was appointed to the panel on Monday, according to a release from the governor's office. The Association of General Contractors nominated him for the post.

Bivens also serves on roadway and design/build committees that work with the contractors' association and N.C. Department of Transportation.

Founded in 1952 by Seth T. Wooten Sr., the Wilson-based contractor business S.T. Wooten specializes in heavy highway, commercial and residential and engineering and design-build construction.

Cooper named eight members to the commission. Joining Bivens are Hartwell Carson of Asheville, Heather Jacobs Deck of Washington, Albert Rubin of Pittsboro, LeToya Ogallo of Raleigh, Natalie Berry of Hendersonville, Mark Taylor of Greensboro and Susan White of Raleigh.

White, the executive director for the North Carolina Sea Grant and the University of North Carolina's Water Resources Research Institute, will chair the commission.

Cooper also announced the appointment of Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore as a member of the N.C. Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services on Monday.

Bashore started the Hope Initiative, a police-assisted substance use recovery program, in February 2016. To date, the initiative has helped more than 200 people begin recovery.

The governor's office named 21 new appointees to various state boards and commissions on Monday.

"I appreciate these North Carolinians offering their time and expertise to serve their communities and our state in these important appointments," Cooper said in a statement.