Nick Dailey appointed to succeed Blaine Phillips as Greenbrier County Commissioner

By Matthew Young, RealWV

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – “I think this is a day that our good friend Commissioner Phillips is extremely happy about, and I believe that he would want us all to be very happy as well.”

That’s what Commission President Tammy Tincher said during Friday’s Special Meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission, shortly after announcing that Nicholas Dailey has been selected to succeed Commissioner Blaine Phillips. Phillips passed away on March 20. 

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve my community,” Dailey said. “Not just Lewisburg, but the county, the state, and the people all around me.”

Dailey, who is the son-in-law of Commissioner Phillips, also expressed his gratitude to the community for the love and support extended to his family during their time of grief. 

“I’ve been keen on the meaning of names,” Dailey noted. “We called him Blaine, but legally his first name was Edward. When you look up the definition of Edward, it means ‘prosperous’ and ‘guardian.’ He certainly was both of those things. Not just for my family, but all the people he came in contact with.”

“He (Phillips) looked to make things better,” Dailey continued. “When he left it, it was always better. […] That being said, his primary goal, and I firmly believe this, was the future of Greenbrier County, specifically revolving around our kids. […] Those are my goals. This will be a better county because I had anything to do with it. Not to make a name for myself – but so that my kids, and if God so chooses to bless me with grandchildren, will have a quality place to live.”

“Blaine was very proud of Greenbrier County,” Dailey said. “He spoke extensively about the natural beauty that we have here, but he also spoke about the potential and the privilege that we have to live in this county.”

“In keeping with that theme, I plan to bring some energy to the commission,” Dailey added. “Don’t look down on me because I’m young, and maybe a little bit less experienced than Blaine as far as life goes. I may not have the same skill set – he was a jack-of-all-trades and he mastered most of them. That will not be me, but it will not be for a lack of energy and effort.”

After Dailey’s unanimous appointment, Commissioner Lowell Rose added, “We’re glad to have you, and I’m sure we’re going to work together very well.”

Dailey was sworn in at the conclusion of Friday’s Special Meeting. The next Regular Meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. 

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