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Mecklenburg Co. Commissioner Ella Scarborough taking medical leave of absence

She has not attended a meeting in-person since the start of the pandemic.
Her colleagues and community members are still concerned about her because they have not seen or heard from her in months.
Published: Feb. 4, 2022 at 9:23 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 4, 2022 at 8:15 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Longtime Mecklenburg County Commissioner Ella Scarborough is stepping aside from her elected post for medical reasons. But her colleagues and community members are still concerned about her because they have not seen or heard from her in months.

WBTV has confirmed that Commission Chairman George Dunlap spoke with Scarborough’s children and that they told him she would be taking a leave of absence.

What that means for her seat and any potential replacement will be up for debate during the next county commission meeting.

County commissioners tell WBTV they have not heard from or seen Scarborough for months and she has not attended a meeting in-person since the beginning of the pandemic.

A longtime member of the community, she is the first Black woman to serve on the Charlotte City Council and has held multiple elected positions since the 1980s.

Longtime Mecklenburg County Commissioner Ella Scarborough is stepping aside from her elected post for medical reasons.

Beyond her duties as an elected official, Commissioner Scarborough is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., where she served as president of Tau Theta Zeta Chapter (2007-2010); former national board chair of the Election Committee; president of the North Carolina League of Municipalities; national chair of the Public Utilities Librarians; president of the Metrolina Librarians’ Association; president of the Black Women’s Caucus of Charlotte Mecklenburg legendary “Blackberry Bunch” to fund community programs and many more civil organizations.

Commissioner Scarborough is listed in Who’s Who in the World of Women 1980, Who’s Who in Special Libraries & Information Sciences 1982 for excellence in her capacity to research, assemble and archive significant data and information.

A longtime member of the community, she is the first Black woman to serve on the Charlotte City Council and has held multiple elected positions since the 1980s.

Commissioner Scarborough is a graduate of South Carolina State University – Library Science Education and holds a master’s in Organizational Leadership from the University of Charleston West Virginia.

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