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James City County recognizes men for a combined 90 years of service

The James City County Board of Supervisors have recognized L. Carlyle Ford (left) and Jack D. Edwards (right) for their decades of service to the county. (Courtesy photo/James City County)
The James City County Board of Supervisors have recognized L. Carlyle Ford (left) and Jack D. Edwards (right) for their decades of service to the county. (Courtesy photo/James City County)

Two long-term James City County residents have been recognized for decades of service to the county, dating back as far as the 1970s.

The James City County Board of Supervisors recognized L. Carlyle Ford and Jack D. Edwards at its Tuesday meeting, presenting the two men with resolutions of appreciation, according to a county news release.

Ford served on the county’s Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee from 1986-2018 and helped start the AFD Program, which focuses on preserving agricultural and forestal land.

The program includes land use exemptions, which means designated forestry or agricultural land parcels are assessed at a lower value, so property owners pay less in taxes.

Over 17,676 acres of land in the county have been preserved under the program during Ford’s tenure.

Starting in 1974, Ford also served as a county business license inspector. He was promoted to deputy business license inspector in 1980. He was also the county commissioner of the revenue from 1984 to his retirement in 1999.

The second man to be recognized, Edwards, served on the James City County Electoral Board from 2002 to 2018. With the board, Edwards helped conduct elections and certified the election results in the county.

Edwards was one of three members appointed to the board by Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court judges.

Edwards also served on the board of supervisors for nearly three decades, from 1972 to 2000.

“James City County extends its thanks to Ford and Edwards for their tireless service to our community,” the release said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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