Rockingham commissioners say public image was reason to vote out Mabe as chair

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Rockingham County commissioners say restoring public image was the reason behind their decision to vote out Commissioner Keith Mabe as chairman Monday night.

The vote comes after Mabe was arrested and charged with a DWI in December.

His legal problems worsened last week when the district attorney accused Mabe of using Valium and other controlled substances the night of his arrest.

The board’s new chairman Mark Richardson says residents had spoken out about the county's lack of action and believes many lost confidence in county leadership.

"They expect above average behavior, not just adhering to the law but maintaining an image that's positive," Richardson said.

Commissioner Mabe declined an interview with FOX8.

Along with no longer being chairman, Mabe has also been removed from other committees where he represents the board.

Mabe will continue to serve as a commissioner.