County Commissioners To Fill Key Vacancies Saturday

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The first order of business for the Cannon County Commission when it holds its first meeting of the new decade Saturday will be to add a new member to its board.

The decision by former 5th District Commissioner Brad Hall to resign his seat in December because he had moved out of that district left a vacant seat on the 10-member commission.

So the commission will fill that seat before conducting any other business Saturday. The person they select will serve the remainder of Hall’s term, which ends August 31 of this year.

That seat, along with the other nine on the commission, will be up for election when voters go to the polls on August 5.

It is not the only county government vacancy the commission will have to appoint someone to fill on an interim basis Saturday. The decision by longtime Circuit Court Clerk Robert “Hoppy” Davenport to step down before his term expires at the end of August leaves a void in that office.

Davenport has requested the commissioners appoint a member of his staff, Lynne Foster, as the interim clerk until the August election, but they may consider and select other interested persons as well.

Commissioners will also appoint someone to serve as 2nd District Constable on an interim basis at the meeting. The position has been vacant for quite some time, according to Cannon County Executive Mike Gannon, but until recently no one expressed an interest in filling it.

They will also consider a resolution to establish a First Responder Division of the Cannon County Emergency Medical Service.

Other items on the meeting agenda include the election of notaries, the approval of the county road map for 2010, budget amendments for several county departments, and a request to name the bridge on Hill Creek Road the “Claude Mayo Memorial Bridge.”

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cannon County Courthouse. It is open to the public.
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