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Monument honoring the late Dr. Jeffrey Peal
Photo courtesy of Alexander County Government

Late Alexander County Commissioner Honored

Family, friends, and coworkers attended the memorial dedication for Dr. Jeffrey Peal last Thursday (December 14). Dr. Peal served on the Alexander County Board of Commissioners from 2016 until his passing in July 2021. Chairman Marty Pennell provided brief remarks at Thursday’s event, followed by the monument unveiling by Commissioner Kent Herman.

Chairman Marty Pennell and Commissioner Kent Herman at the monument dedication on December 14, 2023

While serving as a commissioner, Dr. Peal was instrumental in numerous accomplishments, including the Alexander County Services Center, Bethlehem Community Plan, Historic Preservation Ordinance and Commission, Stony Point Elementary School CDBG-I sewer project, water system expansion project, Bethlehem sewer extension project, water tap fee discounts for citizens, longevity pay for county employees, increased salaries for sheriff’s deputies and detention officers, Consolidated Human Services Board, increased fire department funding and fire taxes, Wittenburg Access Area upgrades, wireless broadband project, economic incentive grants, Rocky Face Park Phase 2 project, behavioral health program, Courthouse Park, and much more.

The family of the late Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Peal is pictured at the new memorial at Alexander County Courthouse Park. From left to right: Savannah and Ryan Wilson with children Jedidiah, Hudson, Ivy, and Grant; Baylee and Seth Sigmon; Renee Peal; Thom and Lisa Wood (Jeff’s sister); April Sigmon; Katelyn Shook and Elijah Peal; and Darian Sigmon holding Adalynn Sigmon.

In addition to being a commissioner, Dr. Peal served as the principal at Millersville Christian Academy and taught master’s and doctoral-level courses in school administration and leadership as an adjunct professor. A lifelong educator, he served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and administrator. He worked for Alexander County Schools as Executive Director of Human Resources, Associate Superintendent, and Interim Superintendent for a total of nine years.