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April Stephens Sworn In as Newly Appointed County Commissioner

Smithfield, NCThis afternoon, April Stephens was sworn in as the newest Johnston County Commissioner at the County Courthouse in downtown Smithfield. Mrs. Stephens was accompanied by her family Brian and Abby Stephens. Other close family members, teammates, mentors, friends and supporters were also present as Mrs. Stephens took the oath of office at 2:00 p.m. today.


Mrs.Stephens fills the District 4 Commissioner seat left vacant by former Commissioner Larry Wood on February 28. She is a resident of Benson and has been a realtor for over 15 years in Johnston County. Mrs. Stephens has served the community locally in many capacities including Associate Vice President of the Johnston County Building Industry Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Triangle MLS, Secretary of the Johnston County Building Industry Association, member of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and President of the Johnston County Association of Realtors. 


Following the swearing-in, Mrs. Stephenson gave her first address as County Commissioner stating, "First and foremost, I am passionate about Johnston County. I moved here 20 years ago. I got married here, bought a house here, started a family here, and I love everything about this County. I'm really excited to be a part of helping the County thrive responsibly and I'm very excited about what Johnston County has to offer and where we are going to go in the future."


The Board of Commissioners accepted applications from interested citizens to be considered for appointment as County Commissioner representing District 4 in November. Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 153A-27, applicants were required to be a member of the same political party and be a resident of the same district as the member being replaced. A map of the Johnston County Commissioner districts can be located online at

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