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Showdown time
Leadership of commission to be decided
Jimmy Haley
Blaine Wilcher-mug.jpg

Leadership of the Warren County Commission will be decided when commissioners meet this Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Currently holding the seat as chairman of the Warren County Commission is County Executive Jimmy Haley, who voiced a desire to retain the position.

“My election was a clear mandate from the people,” said Haley. “The same group tried to oust me as chair at our very first meeting last September. A year later … nothing much has changed. The election is over and it’s time to move on. Level heads will prevail.”

Haley was unanimously appointed by commissioners as chairman last year. He was the only one under consideration.  

Commissioner Blaine Wilcher threw his hat into the ring during last month’s County Commission meeting, voicing discontent on how meetings have been led.

“Jimmy is our county executive and I believe he has good intentions,” said Wilcher. “I also believe we can do a better job for the citizens in conducting our meetings, both the full County Commission meeting and committee meetings, and I would like the opportunity to prove it.”

The proposal for a new chairman came one month after July’s commission meeting that descended into lengthy speeches and personal attacks.  

Along with leading the monthly county meetings, the chairman makes committee assignments. Haley made his decisions known this week by emailing his list of committee assignments to commissioners. He made no changes. 

“I do not have my list ready,” said Wilcher. “I’m listening to input from commissioners and taking suggestions. I’ve been trying to contact commissioners who haven’t contacted me. Committee structure is extremely important to conducting business and not something to be taken lightly.”

Wilcher added, “If commissioners vote to leave the chairmanship with Jimmy, I’m going to continue to work as hard for him and the citizens of Warren County as I have over the last year. I hope, if it goes the other way, Jimmy feels the same. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and we will have a nice quiet meeting.”

The move to unseat Haley as County Commission chair in no way impacts his other duties as county executive.