Anthony Holt

Anthony Holt

Sumner County Commissioners will elect a new member on Nov. 30 after this week’s regularly scheduled meeting was postponed amid COVID-19 concerns. 

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, Sumner County reported more than 700 new cases of the coronavirus in a four-day period prior to Monday’s scheduled meeting.

Holt said the meeting, which was scheduled to be in-person, was postponed because several commissioners said they wouldn’t be able to attend.

At the top of the agenda was the election of a District 7 commissioner to fill the vacancy left by the resignation in September of Loren Echols who moved outside the district.

“We have commissioners who have COVID-19 and we have commissioners who have been exposed,” said Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt. “We really need to meet in person if we can since we are electing a new member, but we need to be as safe about this as we can too.”

The Nov. 30 commission meeting will be held in-person at the Sumner County Administration Building, but will also allow for those commissioners who wish to attend via Zoom to do so. The meeting that begins at 7 p.m. will also be available for viewing via livestream.

So far, eight District 7 residents have submitted resumes for the vacancy. They are:

-          Logan W. McCoy, a special projects director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

-          Timothy Takacs, a certified elder law attorney and former Sumner County commissioner from 1990-1998

-          Jackson Bradley Taylor, lead nursing supervisor and nursing float pool manager at Sumner Regional Medical Center

-          Christopher Brian Stewart, principal broker and owner of One Stop Realty in Hendersonville

-          Dorcas Esther English, a clinical research manager

-          Denise Beard Baker, a transportation program supervisor with the Tennessee Department of Transportation

-          Matt Campbell, chief operating officer of a local roofing company

-          Matthew C. Smith, vice president of operations for a local electrical contractor

Anyone interested in applying for the position is asked to submit a resume or qualifications to Sumner County Clerk Bill Kemp by 12 p.m. on Nov. 30. Interested parties may also express an interest to a member of the commission at the meeting that night.

A commissioner must be at least 18 years of age and must reside in the district they represent.

District 7 encompasses an area of Hendersonville north of Main Street and south of Long Hollow Pike between New Shackle Island and Saundersville roads.

It’s not unusual for an appointed commissioner to be sworn in on the same night he or she is elected, Kemp noted.

The appointed commissioner will serve until the county general election in August of 2022 when all 24 County Commission seats will be on the ballot.

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