Mathews County recently lost one of our most dedicated community members. Animal Control Chief Nelson Buchanan served Mathews County both as the Animal Control Officer and as a firefighter for the Mathews Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Buchanan’s dedication to our county clearly was impactful and well known. Since his death, I have been approached by many county employees and residents expressing their sorrow at his passing while reflecting on his service.
Buchanan approached his duties using de-escalation, explanation, education, and professionalism. Often, any public official in an enforcement role finds a disconnect between the community served and the critical demands of public health and safety. Buchanan bridged that difference with a legacy of trust and understanding with those he assisted in resolving conflicts and solving complicated situations.
Buchanan is also remembered for his training and mentoring of those serving under him. Kimberly ...
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