The Chambers County Commission met last Wednesday for the first time since the November 6th general election and the first order of business was to swear in three commission members. Newly elected Commissioners James “Jimbo” Brown in District 2 and Charlie Williams in District 1, along with incumbent Henry Osborne in District 4 took their oaths of office from County Attorney Skip McCoy.
Brown takes over in District 2 after defeating incumbent Wayne White and Clifford Lyons in the March primary; he had no opposition in the general election. Williams, was unopposed in the District 1 race, and replaces retiring Commissioner Rosa Dunn. Osborne was elected to a second term after defeating former commissioner Charles Hardage in the general election.
Dunn and White were both on hand Wednesday and both spoke at the start of the meeting. White welcomed the new commissioner and expressed confidence in them. He also thanked his former colleagues for their hard work exhibited during his time in office. Dunn told the commission she would miss working with them and added “I know this will be the best commission ever.”
Sheriff Sid Lockhart and Revenue Commissioner Wendy Williams also spoke voicing their appreciation for White and Dunn and also said they looked forward to working with the new commissioners.
After the new commissioners were seated, the commission tackled a relatively light agenda. Their first order of business was to approve a proclamation for Farm City Week in Chambers County from Nov. 16-22.
County Manager John Dendy told the commission that at the end of the fiscal year, the county saw an increase in its fund balance. Dendy said that collections exceeded expectations and expenses were less than budgeted, creating a $135,000 surplus.
Dendy recommended the a December bonus be given to all full-time county employees. Dendy asked the commission to consider a $500 bonus for each employee that would cost the county approximately $58,000.
Dendy also discussed renewing his contract as county manager with the commission. He said he would consider a two-year extension at his current pay of $22,000 a year. Dendy is a part-time employee.
Commissioner Debbie Wood stated that she would prefer personnel decisions be made by the Human Resources Committee, explaining that it is the typical way the commission makes employment decisions.
Osborne served as the chair during the meeting, but it wasn’t until this Monday that the commission selected their new chair. On Monday, Wood was elected chairman, and Osborne was reelected to his post as vice-chairman.