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Talkington Leads Pledge

By Staff | Dec 14, 2016

Photo by Chad Turner Veteran Bill Talkington leads the Pledge of Allegiance at a recent county commission meeting.

The County Commission met Tuesday, Dec. 6, and they were led in the Pledge of Allegiance by veteran Bill Talkington, in remembrance of Pearl Harbor.

The meeting began with Circuit Court Clerk Sharon Delaney thanking the commissioners for working so well with her throughout her three terms of service and added what a compliment it was to work with County Clerk Carol Haught.

She expressed “I enjoy what I have done these 18 years and I feel blessed that I have never had to fight for what I needed from the commissioners.”

Delaney addressed each commissioner individually and gave a heartwarming narration of how each one has affected her life. “Even though I’m leaving, I’m not leaving because you’ll see me around and I’ll remain involved in politics,” Delaney added.

“On behalf of the commissioners, we appreciate your work and you’ve done a wonderful job as Circuit Clerk; we knew that we could trust you and had all the confidence in the world in you” responded Commissioner Don Mason.

A motion passed to accept a budget adjustment to the sheriff’s department in the amount of 3,818 which was the return from an insurance claim.

It was noted that 72 out of 85 county employees use direct deposit as a means of payment from the county. It was suggested that the whole county be switched to direct deposit to save on paper and to remove an unnecessary step from payroll department. After some discussion a motion passed to require the county to switch to direct deposit effective on January 13, 2017.

The commissioners also discussed holiday time off for county workers. After some debate, it was decided to give the county employees Friday, Dec. 23, Saturday, Dec. 24, and Monday, Dec. 26. Also, Dec. 31 will be recognized as a holiday for New Year’s Eve.