There was no rush to fill the vacant spot on the county’s Financial Management Committee. One nomination was made and one vote held during Monday night’s full Warren County Commission meeting.
Commissioner Wayne Copeland was nominated by Herschel Wells. When no other nominations were made, Copeland accepted the nomination and was unanimously accepted with a vote of 23-0. Commissioner Bessie Smithson was absent.
Copeland thanked his fellow commissioners, followed by a touch of humor.
“I would like to thank members of the court,” said Copeland. “I don’t know what I’m getting in to, but I will try to do a good job.”
Copeland will be filling the spot left by Commissioner Gary Prater. By county policy, members of the Financial Management Committee cannot have any member of his or her immediate family employed by Warren County. Prater removed himself to avoid a conflict of interest, because he has a sister who works for the school system.
Under the 1981 Financial Management Act, committee members will be establishing polices, procedures, and regulations for administering county funds. All purchases requiring competitive bids that exceed the amount limit set for the county, highway department or school system will be considered and awarded by the committee.
Prior to the nomination and vote, Warren County Executive John Pelham reminded commissioners about the policy and the process by which the spot would be filled if more than one nomination is made.
“Immediate family member is defined as spouse, child, grandchild, parent, sibling, grandparent, stepchild, stepparent, stepbrother/ stepsister, parents-in-law, son/ daughter in-law, or brother/ sister in-law,” said Pelham. “If we have more than one nomination, the individual who receives the most votes will be appointed to fill the vacancy.”
Copeland won’t take his spot on the committee until September.