Looking toward the future, Wilson County Board of Education members had nothing but positive things to say about its newest member, Larry Tomlinson.
“He will not only represent himself well, but he’ll also represent all of Wilson County well to the best of his ability,” said Zone 1 board member Wayne McNeese.
Tomlinson was elected as the Zone 5 representative on Monday after receiving a nomination from Commissioner Gary Keith and then tallying 18 of the 24 county commission member’s votes.
He fills the vacated seat of Greg Lasater who resigned June 27 and has since been indicted on official misconduct and theft charges. Tomlinson will retain the seat until the August 2014 election.
Tomlinson beat out four other nominees for the position and was sworn in immediately following the vote in order to get to work as soon as possible.
At the meeting Monday, Tomlinson promised to always do what’s best and “faithfully serve the county and the school system.”
Bill Robinson, Zone 2 board member, agreed with McNeese on his optimistic outlook for Tomlinson’s future on the board.
“I think he’ll do a lot for us, and I think he’ll do a great job,” Robinson said. “He’s got a lot of experience on the county commission and also the school board, so I think he’ll do great.”
Tomlinson rejoins board, having already served two terms in the past. He was elected in 1998 along with current Zone 4 board member Ron Britt.
“I’m pleased with this election; I served with him on the Board of Education from 1998 until 2002, and working with him was a very positive experience,” Britt said.
Tomlinson is also Ward Ag Center director, a position he’s held since 2000.
“Larry will be a great person to have on the board again,” McNeese said. “He can hit the ground running especially because of his past experience on the board, and I’m excited to work with him again.”