Most people know the two Warren County Commissioners representing their district, but what about the other 22 men and women?
Here’s a look at District 8 County Commissioner Randy England, who currently serves on the Highway and Bridge and Safety Committees.
Q: Describe yourself.
A: I’m 55, lived in Fairview since 1971 and married to Neva England. Together, we have four children and four grandchildren. I’m a song leader at Irving College Baptist Church. For the past five years, I’ve been a TCAT machine tool technology instructor and I work part-time as an auctioneer for Donald Hillis.
Q: What are your hobbies and interests?
A: My wife and I love to camp and our goal is to camp at least once a month.
Q: If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
A: I’ve always been fascinated with electricity so Benjamin Franklin. He was an inventor and figured out electricity so I’d sit down and talk with him.
Q: Where’s your favorite place in Warren County and why?
A: The sandbar at Rock Island State Park because it brings back a lot of childhood memories.
Q: For those that don’t know, what does a County Commissioner do?
A: We are in charge of the taxes for the county and we vote on whether the tax rate is acceptable or not. We try to make good decisions with the budget that we have. Not every commissioner can be on every committee so that’s why there are 24 commissioners and most serve on two committees. Our goal is not to raise taxes.
Q: What areas does District 8 entail?
A: Fairview, Irving College, Harrison Ferry Mountain and Mt. Zion Road.
Q: What’s it like being a County Commissioner? (Best part, worst part)
A: Our safety committee has been able to purchase one new ambulance a year. We’ve been able to buy the director of our ambulance service a new vehicle, a brand new supervisor’s vehicle and we have some of the best county roads and schools. We’ve done all this without a tax increase and I’m proud of that. The most challenging part is getting a balanced budget – bottom line.
Q: What is one project you’d like to see completed?
A: Right now, I would say our jail. We have some money put aside and we need to start spending that to better our jail. We’ve allocated for $6.5 million so we need to get on the ball and spend the money.
Q: Who do you admire the most?
A: My dad, John England. He is a true Christian man. His faith is so strong and he’d never harm a soul. He’s 83 and still goes to church and he teaches Sunday school and has for over 50 years. My mother has cancer and he takes care of her. I’ve never seen him mad at anyone or ever say a curse word. When he passes away, there is no doubt in my mind that he’ll go right through those pearly gates. You can’t find a better human being.
Q: What is the best way for people to contact you?
A: Call me in the afternoon at 931-808-3203.