New board elects new officers

(Dec. 5, 2014) For the first time in five years, J. Bud Church was not presiding over the County Commissioners meeting as president.

District Six Commissioner M. Jim Bunting has taken over those responsibilities, with District One Commissioner Merrill Lockfaw Jr. retaining his position of vice president for another year.

“It’s great to have the support of my fellow commissioners, and to follow in Bud Church’s footsteps. I hope to fill his shoes as best as I can and do as good a job as he did,” Bunting said.

The returning vice president agreed.

“I look forward to serving again as vice president and I think Jim Bunting will do a great job. I will be there to back him up, so the whole group can come together and do good,” Lockfaw said.

The outgoing president had only kind words for the new leadership.

“Jim Bunting will make an excellent president. I’m happy to see Merrill Lockfaw returning. After five years it’s time for change. Change is always good,” Church said.

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