Fred Foster Cuts Ribbon on New $90M Durham County Human Services Building

Fred Foster
DURHAM — The Durham County Department of Public Health gets 40,000 clinic visitors a year. But until now, most of the people who entered the department’s Main Street offices each day didn’t see sunlight again until they left.

“There was one room with a window you could see out of,” director Gayle Harris said and laughed. “And we called it ‘the window room.’”Now visitors and staff alike can see the light, thanks to the new Durham County Human Services Building that formally opened Saturday with a ribbon cutting and public tours.


Commissioners sworn in, Fred Foster elected chair

DURHAM – Minutes after taking office, County Commissioners in a surprise decision elected new member and first-time officeholder Fred Foster to serve as their chair.

The decision came on a 3-2 vote that saw Foster join with holdover members Brenda Howerton and Michael Page. The same three also voted to make Howerton, who’s starting her second term, the board’s vice chairwoman.

Afterward, Foster acknowledged the support he received from fellow Democrats Howerton and Page was a surprise given that they’d favored unaffiliated petition candidate Omar Beasley during the fall campaign.

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