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Newly elected commissioners say there will be changes

Thursday, December 27, 2012

District 1 County Councilman Ed Michael.
(By Nick Schneider)
Greene County officials were administered oaths of office on Thursday morning. Here, District 2 County Commissioner Nathan Abrams, at left, takes his oath from Superior Court Judge Dena Martin. Looking on at center, is grandson Cameron Bair and Abrams' wife, Karen.( By Nick Schneider)
Newly-elected Greene County Commissioners Ed Michael and Nathan Abrams were officially sworn in on Thursday morning along with several other elected officials.

Michael and Abrams, both Republicans, said their first order of business at the Jan. 3 meeting at 9:30 a.m. will be to make annual appointments and both suggested there are some changes coming.

Neither would say what department heads would not be continuing their duties in 2013, but new commissioners noted that nobody will be blind-sided.

Greene County Treasurer Kelly Zimmerly, at left, receives a handshake form Superior Court Judge Dena Martin after her oath on Thurrsday. At right, is Zimmerly's husband, Brad.
(By Nick Schneider)
When asked specifically, if there would be changes in the highway superintendent Brent Murray, commissioner's attorney Marilyn Hartman or the Emergency Management Agency Director Roger Axe, neither would either confirm or deny that those offices might see new leadership.

"I don't want to say that," Abrams, who represents District 2, replied with a grin. "There will be some changes, but I don't think it will be earth-shattering."

Michael, who represents District 1, added, "Let's just suffice to say there will be a few changes. We don't know how deep it might go yet."

District 1 Council Councilman Joe Huntington gets a handshake from Circuit Judge Erik Allen. Looking on at left is Huntington's wife, Kathy.
(By Nick Schneider)
Abrams and Michael agreed there have been rumors floating around regarding some department head changes.

"Let's keep them in suspense," Abrams said. "I won't confirm or deny any changes."

Michael added, "Let's keep the rumors flying for a while."

County Council at Large member Patti Jones.
(By Nick Schneider)
Abrams said the changes shouldn't come as a huge surprise to those involved.

"Most have been in contact with. They will know. I don't think there will be any big surprises. It will be a big surprise for you maybe, but it won't be for the people involved," Abrams commented. "Nobody is going to get blind-sided."

Another issue that has been discussed among the two new commissioners along with District 3 Commissioner Rick Graves, who was not up for election in November, is night meetings.

County Council at Large member Gregg Roudebush.
(By Nick Schneider)
The pair said they will try night meetings as a trial in March and June to see what kind of participation they draw from the public.

"The thing we have to look at is the cost of having a night meeting in having (courthouse) security involved. If we don't get a pretty good turn out and interest in it, if there is cost in it, we don't want to have to deal with it," Michael explained.

Abrams added, "If we can get people to come, then we'll go ahead and schedule more and adjust our calendar. That's all we can do is try. There is a consensus out that that does want it (night meetings), but we don't know whether or not they'll want to come to a meeting. Tentatively, we've got two night meetings scheduled now just to see what kind of response we get."

Circuit Judge Erik Allen is administered his oath by Superior Court Judge Dena Martin.
(By Nick Schneider)
Michael also said problems with road repairs and maintenance will continue to be a situation that will not magically disappear. A lot of the woes could be solved with more funding.

Elected officials who participated in the swearing in ceremony with oaths administered by Circuit Judge Erik Allen and Superior Judge Dena Martin were elected officials who have been invited to participate include: County Treasurer Kelly Zimmerly (R); County Councilman at Large Patti Jones (D); County Councilman at-Large Gregg Roudebush (R); and District 1 County Councilman Joe Huntington.

Judge Allen also took his oath of office from Judge Martin following his reelection to a second term.

County Councilman Jerry Frye and County Surveyor I.R. "Butch" Wright, both Republicans, did not attend the swearing in ceremony.

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I agree wholeheartedly, lulu54! We had two neighbors who dug out the county roads and neighbors driveways all day on Wednesday & Thursday. The County would not get it all done without the support of these wonderful guys donating their own time, equipment & fuel. They are to be commended! Thank you, neighbors!

-- Posted by gocolts on Fri, Dec 28, 2012, at 1:42 PM

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