Wayne Holtsclaw: A man who knows county government

By Julie Fann
star staff

Wayne Holtsclaw is a man of few words. After serving on the County Commission for 42 years representing the 2nd District, Holtsclaw had little to say about important issues or his commitment to the future in county government.
   "I've been there for 42 years and missed only one meeting. I know county government," he said curtly during a phone interview with the Elizabethton Star. A native of Roan Mountain, Holtsclaw is a graduate of Cloudland High School.
   "Anything you want to know about me, just ask Frank Robinson," he said, referring to the owner of the newspaper.
   Holtsclaw, proprietor of his own lumber company in Roan Mountain, has been in the lumber business for 50 years. His stance on most subjects was matter-of-fact, almost dismissive. The only ambiguous topic for him was the prospect of a countywide zoning plan. When asked how he felt about it he said, "I want what's best for the county," but then added, "my people don't want it up here." When asked why, he only said, "I don't know."
   Holtsclaw said he hasn't studied how the county's move toward hiring a finance director would affect government, even though he voted to support it. "I voted to have one (finance director) because the committee thought it was the best thing to do," he said.
   Holtsclaw spoke tersely about jobs in Carter County. "The way the economy is right now, it's hard to get industry anywhere, but we need to try 100 percent to get it," he said.
   As far as words for his constituents was concerned, Holtsclaw laconically responded, "I appreciate their votes."