The Wilson County Commission on Monday filled the District 3 seat vacated with the death of the late Fred Weston.
Commissioners selected Dan Walker for the seat. Walker was elected by a 15-5 margin with one ‘no vote.’ He will serve the remainder of Weston’s term, which ends Aug. 31.
Walker and Bill Broyles were nominated and each given a chance to speak as to why they wished to serve.
Walker told the commissioners “I like to serve. I served my country in the Navy. I would like to be a part of the county commission because I’d like to see the county grow and have good fiscal management.”
Broyles cited his years of working with Weston.
“I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Weston 28 years ago when I moved to Mt. Juliet,” Broyles said. “I have been active many years with Freddie and his concerns. I told him, ‘I’d like to be active in government but don’t want to run against you.’ I think it is important to carry on his spirit and I am honoring that friendship.”
Commissioners also took the opportunity to officially honor Weston’s memory and service.
Weston’s family was presented with a resolution recognizing his service along with a plaque. Commissioner Terry Duncan, who serves District 2 and sat next to Weston, also gave the family his nameplate from his commission seat. Commissioner Becky Siever read the resolution that honored Weston, which read in part, “whereas Mr. Weston was a dedicated public servant, respected by his peers, other county office holders and the citizens of Wilson County for his work and commitment…Commissioner Weston’s daily example of integrity and commitment in public life, love and devotion to his family, and diligence and dedication to all his chosen endeavors will serve as a testimony to his life’s work and as an example for others to follow.”
In other business, during the reports portion of the proceedings, Sheriff Robert Bryan acknowledged the aid given to his department by many local agencies, along with state and federal entities, with the bombing that occurred on Vance Lane.
“Everybody knows that two weeks ago a tragic incident happened here. It was a tragic set of circumstances. Our prayers need to go out to the family. There’s a few agencies that helped us. WEMA is in good hands with Director Joey Cooper, they were there with is for three days on scene. Mike Justice and William Glover with Lebanon Public Safety which set up a command center for operations, the rest of your county employees, I can’t thank them enough. I also want to commend the public for being patient with us.”
Cooper gave a report of the number of calls for medical, fire and rescue services that WEMA received this month and Interim Director of Schools Mary Ann Sparks told the commission that the school system is “very excited about the plans at Carroll-Oakland” and that she hoped commissioners would contact her with any questions regarding education.
The commission will next meet March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Wilson County Courthouse.