Lincolntonâ€™s Jim Warren now has his name permanently captured in a central, community gathering place he helped build â€” the Citizens Center. More than 200 people attended the formal dedication ceremony Sunday renaming that facility the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Among those paying tribute to Warren was former North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin, who said he hoped the center would continue to help maintain and extend the sense of closeness, devotion of service and high ideals that Warren embodies.
â€œHere, everyone will be welcomed,â€ Martin said.
Warren was closely involved in the development of the Citizens Center, the airport and other county projects, and served as president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.
Jerry Cocharne, chairman of the County Board of Commissioners, praised Warren as a â€œfriend, mentor and inspiration.â€
â€œNaming this building for Jim is just a small token for what heâ€™s done for us,â€ Cochrane said. Warren served on the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners for 28 years.
Cochrane and the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners are commended for recognizing Warrenâ€™s contributions and bestowing this very fitting tribute. Thanks should also go to one of Warrenâ€™s biggest supporters, John Gamble, another long-time public servant who has seen what Warren has accomplished.
Warren has a reputation as a crusty public official who never minced words. His outspoken views did not always sit well with those who did not agree with his position. At the Lincolnton Rotary Club the leadership humorously calls on him to crack the whip when members are slow in coming forward with the annual contributions to Christian Ministry.But the large turnout and the sincere professions of gratitude at Sundayâ€™s ceremony clearly show that Jim Warrenâ€™s work and leadership were important to this community. by Albert Dozier