Matherly re-elected as Washington County Commission chairman

Robert Houk • Sep 11, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 Washington County commissioners have returned the presiding gavel to the hands of the board’s longest-serving member. Commissioners voted Monday to re-elect Greg Matherly as board chairman.

Matherly, who has served as chairman for the last seven years, received 13 of the 14 votes cast for the job. Commissioner Suzy Williams got one vote from Commissioner Kent Harris, who nominated her for the position.

Commissioner Freddie Malone was absent from Monday’s meeting.

“Thank you for allowing me to serve in this time of transition,” Matherly told his colleagues. “I will serve the best I can.”

Matherly, who was first elected to the County Commission in 1998, also serves as executive director of Washington County 911 Emergency Communications.

Commissioner Jim Wheeler was elected by acclamation to serve as vice chairman.

“I was honored to be nominated at my first commission meeting,” he said. “My role will be to make Greg’s job easier.” 

Washington County commissioners each earn $375 a month to serve on the board. The chairman and vice chairman are each paid an additional $50 a month to serve in those roles.

The chairman is responsible for putting together the commission’s agenda and presiding over board’s monthly meetings.

Commissioners also voted to appoint a committee on committees. Selecting the five members of the committee took almost an hour after several commissioners questioned the balloting process. 

“I don’t think this should be a secret vote,” Harris told his colleagues.

Matherly said it was not a secret ballot since each vote was signed by the commissioner and placed into the public record. Even so, commissioners decided to complete the process by a voice vote.

Commissioners finally agreed on Wheeler, Steve Light, Mike Ford, Larry England and Phillip Carriger as members of the panel, which will meet Thursday to appoint commissioners to the board’s six standing committees.


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