Recognizing the Honorable Joseph Tyson on the Occasion of His Retirement as a Member of the Kinston, North Carolina City Councilby Representative G. K. Butterfield
Posted on 2015-12-15
of north carolina
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Mr. BUTTERFIELD. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Kinston, North
Carolina City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, The Honorable Joseph Tyson
who is retiring from public service after 17 years. The City of
Kinston, located in my congressional district, has been fortunate to
have a remarkable leader in Mr. Joseph Tyson. Through his words and
actions as a City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, he has demonstrated
time and time again that he is one of our state's finest and most
Mr. Tyson spent his formative years in my district in Beaufort, North Carolina until 1964 when he left to attend North Carolina A&T University in Winston-Salem. It was there that he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He would spend more than two decades in uniform as an infantry and chemical officer. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
When Hurricane Floyd devastated much of eastern North Carolina in 1999, Mr. Tyson played a pivotal role in guiding the city through myriad issues resulting from the effects of the historic storm. From having to replace a wastewater treatment plant, to navigating the relocation of a large number of the city's residents, Mr. Tyson worked with other leaders to resolve problems for the benefit of the community.
Mr. Tyson has always looked for ways to give back, even after dedicating so much of himself to his city and his country. Following his retirement from the Army in 1993, Mr. Tyson began working as the senior Army instructor for the JROTC program at Kingston High School. He taught cadets important leadership skills and equipped them with the tools they needed to succeed. He motivated and encouraged those under his command to be the best version of themselves.
Mr. Tyson has been a strong and steady leader for his community and has succeeded in making Kinston a better place for current and future generations. He has earned the respect and trust of his fellow councilmen, and has the admiration of a grateful community, whom he has diligently served.
Mr. Speaker, I am honored to recognize this man of conviction, principle, and exceptional character as he retires after nearly two decades on the Kinston City Council. I ask my colleagues to join me in wishing The Honorable Joseph Tyson the best of luck as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.