By MIKE WEST/ Courier Editor
Cannon County has a new County Technical Assistance Service representative following the resignation of Doug Bodary.
Bodary announced his resignation at Saturday’s County Commission meeting and introduced his replacement, Ben Rodgers. Rodgers is the nephew of Billy C. Rodgers, a long-time CTAS advisor who died in 2006.
His announcement came at the end of a lengthy commission meeting and began Bodary denouncing County Executive Mike Gannon.
“It has been brought to my attention by numerous people inN ashville, that Cannon County Executive Mike Gannon has under taken calling multiple state departments, association directors and state officials to spread a rumor that I’m using my position to set up myself for a run against him for the Cannon County Executive’s Office next year,” Bodary said.
“Mr. Gannon spread this false rumor to the point where I am getting calls from the media about this. Because of the public nature of his accusations, I feel it necessary that I publicly address this issue,” he said.
“I am not interested in running for office in this county. Not only am I not interested, I am not running for county executive,” Bodary said.
The CTAS representative pointed out that he is already in the process of building a new home in Rutherford County and will be moving there. That move would make him ineligible for any Cannon County office.
Bodary said he has enjoyed his two years serving Cannon County with CTAS.
During his work here, Cannon County has achieved several “firsts” including its first ever review of its debt service funds, resulting in a $300,000 savings.
Bodary also cited the county’s first national credit rating of A2, which helps hold down loan costs along with the county’s first debt policy.
He also worked with Sheriff Darrell Young to improve the structural integrity of the county jail and to make the jail much more energy efficient.