New officers elected to lead county commission

Dec. 04, 2012 @ 08:51 AM

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners elected a new chairman and vice chairman, swore in two new members and honored two long-time county employees who decided to retire after nearly 60 years of combined service.

Monday’s meeting began with Register of Deeds Wayne Rash administering the oaths of office for returning commissioner Clay Bollinger and newcomers Jeff Branch and Randy Church. Following the administration of the oaths, County Manager Stan Kiser presided over the elections of the board’s new chairman and vice chairman. State statute requires the election of officers on the first Monday of December each year. After the votes were tabulated, Branch was named the new chairman of the board, a position held the last four years by outgoing Commissioner Ben Griffin. Bollinger will remain the vice chair.

The new board then was seated for the next item of business, which was the presentation of plaques to Mack Chandler, who is retiring from the county’s tax department after more than 37 years of service, and David Hill. Hill is retiring after more than 20 years of service in the county’s human resources department.

In other business, the meeting schedule for 2013 was set. The first meeting of the new year will be held on Jan. 7. The commissioners will meet twice monthly on the first and third Mondays of the month with the exception of March, July, September and October when only one meeting is scheduled.

Additional information from Monday’s meeting will be presented in future editions of the News-Topic.