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New county commissioner
Bouldin takes oath Monday night
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Former 7th District Commissioner M.A. Bouldin’s shoes will be hard to fill, but commissioners elected someone who may come very close during Monday night’s full Warren County Commission meeting.
Bouldin’s widow, Johnnie Belle Bouldin, was sworn in following the meeting and will retain her husband’s seat until the county election on Aug. 7, 2014. When County Executive John Pelham was explaining the swearing in process, Bouldin said she does not swear. Pelham said that is fine, she could solemnly affirm.
The County Commission followed guidelines used in 2008 for filling a similar vacancy in District 9. At that time, former Commissioner Bill Yancy died and his seat was filled by his wife, Melissa Yancy, who remains on the commission today. Commissioner Bessie Smithson also filled her husband’s 9th District seat following his death in 1999 and remains on the commission.
During the commission meeting, Road Superintendent Levie Glenn praised M.A. Bouldin and his years of service to the county.
“I always said if I was stranded on a desert island, I would want to be with M.A. He was always a lot of fun. I thought a lot of him. I want his family to know we will never forget him,” said Glenn.
Pelham said proper procedure was followed to fill the vacant position in that public notice was given in the newspaper at least seven days prior to the meeting in which the vacancy was to be filled.
Persons nominated for the position must reside within and be a qualified voter of the district represented.
Nominations for the position could have been submitted by any registered voter of Warren County. However, no nominations for the 7th District seat were received before the meting.
Pelham opened the floor to nominations and Commissioner Carl Bouldin nominated Johnnie Belle Bouldin, who was present. No other nominations were received and Bouldin was elected unanimously, 20-0.
Bouldin was joined by several family members as she was sworn in. Pelham also handed Bouldin her husband’s name plate which marked his seat. A new name plate will be placed at the spot before the next full court meeting Dec. 16.
Bouldin said, “I got a lot of encouragement from people and had a lot of people wanting me to fill the position. I am going to do everything I can for the people of the 7th District. All I know is to be honest and fair. I have a lot to learn, but I will learn as I go.”