December 15, 2023
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John Coker, Rae LeCato, Charlene Gray

The Northampton Board of Supervisors honored two individuals at Tuesday night’s regular monthly board meeting.

The first was the late Jim LeCato, who passed away recently. Lecato was Chief of Station 16, Nassawadox Fire and Rescue, Inc for 36 years.  He joined the department as a junior member in 1976.  He became fire chief at the age of 25.  Jim dedicated his life to learning and being certified in all he could regarding fire fighting and rescue and was committed to sharing that training with those he mentored.  He was part of the Eastern Shore Fire Training Committee, an instructor at the fire training center, and part of the Northampton County Fire Commission.

The resolution read: “his service to Northampton County, took thousands of hours from Jim’s time with his family; his family is thanked for sharing him to help protect our communities… The Northampton County Board of Supervisors does hereby adopt this Resolution of Appreciation for Chief Jim LeCato and his valuable contributions to the protection and safety of the residents of Northampton County and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.”

Also honored was retiring Northampton County Commissioner of Revenue Charlene Gray. Gray began public service to the citizens of Northampton County in the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office in August of 1990 and dedicated herself to the citizens of Northampton County over the past thirty-three years and has unselfishly given of herself, her time, and her abilities. According to the resolution passed, “her fellow co-workers, staff and the citizens of Northampton County do recognize the enormous contributions, dedicated service, and devotion to duty made by Ms. Charlene Gray over the past thirty-three years in improving the Quality of Life and the welfare of the people of Northampton County.” It concluded by saying “we do commend an convey our heartfelt appreciation to Ms. Charlene Gray for her unselfish contributions to the health, safety, and professional demeanor of Northampton County and do further express our admiration for her selfless service and devotion to the citizens and taxpayers of the County.”

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LeCato’s widow, Rae, accepted the award from Chairman John Coker and Gray was on hand to accept hers.

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