At the March 8, 2022 Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting, Northampton County Commissioner of Revenue, Charlene Gray was recognized for being the first elected African American Constitutional Officer in the County’s history. MS. Gray has held the office since November 2015. The resolution states: 

Resolution In Recognition of Honorable Charlene GrayResolution In recognition of the
Honorable Charlene P. Gray

The Northampton County Board of Supervisors is commended for ensuring Northampton County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, as well as acknowledging its citizens for the notable events that have changed the trajectory of Northampton County’s history forever.

The Northampton County Board of Supervisors, after careful consideration, bestows a worthy honor on Ms. Charlene P. Gray for being the first elected African American Constitutional Officer in the County’s history.

Ms. Gray, along with the residents of Northampton County, has brought to life the true meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream and quote, “that one day we will live in a nation where we will not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character”. She was able to cross all color barriers and unite the entire County at the voting booth. Because of that ability, she was elected the first African American Commissioner of the Revenue for Northampton County.

This notable historic achievement will go down in the archives of Northampton County that on November 3, 2015, the Honorable Charlene P. Gray became the first African American woman to hold office and began a new era of unity on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the historic County of Northampton.

On this 22nd day of February, 2022, the Northampton County Board of Supervisors and the citizens of Northampton County join together to honor and salute the Honorable Charlene P. Gray for her notable and memorable accomplishment. 

After the presentation of the honor, MS. Gray said, “I’d like to thank the citizens of Northampton County for being unified and for trusting me to serve as your Commissioner of Revenue. I thank my family and my friends. Most of all and lastly, I thank my Commissioner of Revenue office team...for showing up everyday and doing the work and doing it excellent for the citizens of this County.”