The Wilson County Commission on Monday honored past county mayors, continued the county budget and voted any department expenditure more than $10,000 must be approved by the appropriate committee or go before the county mayor if it's an emergency.
In a special ceremony, the commission honored Don Simpson, Val Kelley and Robert Dedman. Simpson was elected as Wilson County judge in 1974 and was elected to four more terms as county executive until 1994. He served the citizens of Wilson County for 29 years.
Kelley was elected as Wilson County executive in 1994 and served until 1998. He also served as Wilson County road superintendent for three years prior to his election as county executive for seven years of service to Wilson County.
Dedman was elected Wilson County executive in 1998 and again in 2002. The title changed mid-term in 2004 to county mayor. He was elected to a third term in 2006 until 2010 and served as county mayor for 12 years. Before that, Dedman was elected Wilson County assessor of property for three terms beginning from 1984-96, for 24 years in service.
Commissioners also voted to continue the county budget until a vote is cast at the August meeting. Mayor Randall Hutto said this allows the commission more time until the new budget goes into effect.
In a 22-0 vote with three commissioners absent, commissioners voted to approve a procedure whereby the mayor must approve any last-minute budget expense of $10,000 or more if the expenditure is an emergency.
Otherwise, that expenditure must be approved at the appropriate committee level. Generally, the money would go to the general fund for the next fiscal year budget. The county’s fiscal year ends June 30.