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​Statement From the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners:

Our hearts are heavy today upon learning the news of the death of former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Elisabeth “Liz” Hair, a pioneer of a public servant. At a time when women were not supposed to be in public office, Liz blazed a trail. 

In 1972, she was elected to the county commission, and later became the first woman ever to serve as chairman. Her ardent leadership for democratic principles resulted in programs and policies we take for granted today. She was a true inspiration to generations of public servants.
Liz lived a long, full life. While we are sad that she has left this realm, we also rejoice in the knowledge that she now will find everlasting peace. On behalf of the entire Board of County Commissioners, we offer our deepest love and sympathy for the family of Liz Hair.
Trevor M. Fuller