Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey speaks during Tuesday's meeting. Photo by David Grace.
Update: 12:25 p.m.
The Sullivan County Commission moments ago voted to end County Mayor Steve Godsey's tenure as chairman of the commission's proceedings.
In a majority vote, the commission elected County Commissioner Eddie Williams as its new chairman, with the gavel passing immediately from Godsey to Williams.
The action followed a tumultuous meeting which included a lengthy discussion about the operations of the county highway department.
The commission also approved Bobbie Manning's surety bond to serve as highway commissioner until the commission makes an interim appointment next month.
The move leaves Manning in charge at the highway department for at least another month.
Manning said he hopes to win the interim appointment at that time and serve until the August election for highway commissioner.
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