Commissioner Recommendation

As you probably know by now, Commissioner Petty announced his resignation from the Chatham County Board of Commissioners effective the end of April 2019. The residents of District 5 along with the entire county will miss his calm and steady leadership.

North Carolina Law 153A-27 requires that the remaining Board of Commissioners members must 'consult' with the appropriate political party for a replacement. However, the remaining Commissioners have no obligation to take that recommendation.

On April 29 the Chatham Co GOP Executive Committee submitted Mr. Ernie Andrew Wilkie as our recommended replacement.

The below information was sent to the Board of Commissioners regarding Andy Wilkie's background.  The Chatham County Republican Party respectfully urges the Chatham County Board of Commissioners to confirm Mr. Wilkie as the replacement for Commissioner Petty.


Mr. Wilkie is a Chatham County native and a graduate of Chatham Central High School. He served six years as a paratrooper in the Army Reserves at Fort Bragg before earning a Social Science degree from Appalachian State University. After college graduation, Mr. Wilkie was a Head Start health coordinator for several counties in North Carolina.

While the owner and operator of a Sanford business for 34 years, he created Project Help, a non-profit serving the homeless in Sanford. In addition, to honor a classmate killed in war, Mr. Wilkie created a scholarship fund for high school seniors that continues to award funds annually to four Chatham Central graduates.

A member of the American Legion, Mr. Wilkie has also been a member of the Lions Club, the Chatham County Historical Association, and the Chatham Arts Council.

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