Jimmy Haley has been named Warren County historian. He was officially appointed Monday night by the Warren County Commission.
Haley says James A. Dillon left some big shoes to fill.
“Mr. Dillon’s shoes will be hard to fill,” said Haley. “He did a fantastic job. I hope he is around for a long time to mentor me.”
County Executive Herschel Wells added, “You will do a fine job.”
Dillon submitted his resignation as Warren County historian last month at the age of 87 stating he enjoyed his time as historian but he is having some memory problems and is “just not up to it anymore.”
He recommended his replacement be Haley. In addition to being McMinnville mayor, Haley is president of Heritage Alliance, a nonprofit organization that acts as the chief preservation agent for the county and operates Warren County Heritage Center & Museum to preserve items from the county’s past. He was also known as junior county historian under Dillon.
The full Warren County Commission unanimously accepted Dillon’s resignation and a recommendation by the county’s Policy and Personnel Committee to appoint Haley. Both measures passed 23-0. Absent from the meeting was Commissioner Gary Prater.
The county historian is a person who studies and writes about the county’s past in an effort to preserve it and is the go-to person for all things related to local history. Dillon’s archives are currently being housed in the administrative building after being moved there from his house.
Dillon was not in attendance Monday night. However, the full commission accepted a resolution recognizing Dillon’s dedicated service to the community. It will be presented to him at a later date.