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The Daily Planet's Opinion: January 2020
Wednesday, 01 January 2020 14:08

VeHaun merits recognition for his service in Buncombe

We heartily salute Jerry VeHaun on his retirement after 48 years of top-notch service to Buncombe County.

VeHaun started work with Buncombe on Dec. 1, 1972, as ambulance and emergency services director. His last official day as the county’s emergency services director was Dec. 31, 2019.

To that end, family, friends and coworkers gathered on Nov. 17 to honor Vehaun. The gathering was hosted by Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville. 

“Pastor Ralph Sexton spoke about Vehaun’s long career of helping others, especially in the worst of times,” Asheville television station WLOS (News 13) reported. “‘He was on what we call a ‘de mort’ team, the national morticians that go to disasters,’ Sexton said. ‘And he worked at 9/11, and he was there at that national disaster.’”

Among his many accomplishments, Vehaun is credited with overseeing the implementation of the first hazardous waste ordinance in North Carolina.

He also handled planning-and-operation of the enhanced 911 project for Buncombe County.

While VeHaun is retiring from his county post, he remains mayor of the Town of Woodfin and is running unopposed for re-election in November.

 With what seems like virtually nonstop corruption cases (in recent times), involving former Buncombe officials, it is a joy to be able to single out an individual whom we can cite as having set a stellar example for others to follow in the future.



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