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Longtime Wilson businesswoman and community leader Judy Weatherington wrapped up 11 years of service as a member of the Wilson Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners at the board’s Nov. 8 meeting.
Weatherington, who was the board’s vice chairwoman, was appointed to the board in 2007 by Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose and in that decade, stakeholders say she has helped steer the housing authority through a number of changes in providing affordable housing to the community.
During that time, she has also been a vocal advocate for the residents of the authority’s three public housing neighborhoods and more than 650 families who participate in its housing choice voucher program.
“I appreciate all of her dedication and hard work,” said Thomas Eatmon, chairman of the housing authority’s board. “She has been with us through some rough times.”
Wilson Housing Authority President and CEO Kelly Vick said Weatherington’s business experience and community-wide knowledge have helped the housing authority tremendously during her time on the board.
Weatherington owned and managed both The Hobby Shop and Flowers Shoes of Parkwood prior to the closing of the Wilson Mall and she has also served as general manager of Eldercare of Wilson and worked for the Wesley Shelter helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Currently, Weatherington is retired but serves as chairwoman of Wilson’s Planning and Design Review Board.
“During my time on the board, we have done a lot and learned a great deal about housing,” Weatherington said. “It has been a good experience and I have seen a lot of changes and improvement in the housing authority in the last decade.”
The Wilson Housing Authority employees nearly 40 people and has an annual budget of roughly $8 million. Its operations are overseen by its five-member board.
Current board members are Eatmon, Kent Montgomery, Brenda Lewis and Annie Ward.