Hawkins Budget Committee without a chair until February

Jeff Bobo • Dec 16, 2015 at 7:30 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Commission’s Budget Committee will likely remain without a chairman until February because a replacement on the commission for the former chairman can’t be approved prior to Jan. 25.

Commissioner Gary Hicks, who had served as Budget Committee chairman for the past six years, resigned from the commission earlier this month in anticipation of being appointed to complete the final year of state Rep. Mike Harrison’s term.

Harrison’s resignation from the 9th District House seat was announced in October, but didn’t take effect until this month.

The agenda for the Dec. 21 Hawkins County Commission meeting includes a resolution for the appointment of Harrison’s replacement.

Hicks has been touted as the favorite for the commission’s appointment to that seat.

Rogersville Realtor and former state Senate candidate Cynthia Bundren-Jackson has announced she is running for the seat when it comes up for election in 2016.

The District 6 commission seat vacated by Hicks will come up for appointment by the county commission at its Jan. 25 meeting.

All Hawkins County Commission seats come up for re-election in 2018.

Budget Committee Vice Chairman Stacy Vaughan presided over Monday’s Budget Committee meeting.

Vaughan told the Times-News after the meeting that the Budget Committee will vote to appoint a new chairman at its regular monthly meeting in February.

That decision shouldn’t be made until the Budget Committee is back up to its full seven members, Vaughan added.

The Budget Committee usually meets the third Monday of the month unless the scheduled is changed due to a holiday.

There was a light agenda for Monday’s Budget Committee meeting.

The Budget Committee agreed to recommend approval of a job description change for the position previously described as industrial development executive assistant.

Due to expanded job duties, the Personnel Committee approved the new job description for that position to be industrial development executive coordinator, with a salary increase from $26,357 to $30,451.

The full commission votes on that recommendation on Dec. 21.                   

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