Community activist and former regional bank manager Doug Hunt was sworn in today as Lincoln County’s newest county commissioner; the successor to long time commissioner Don Lindly (middle picture) who announced earlier this year that he was stepping down from his post to enjoy more time with his growing grandchildren.
Hunt took the oath of office from County Clerk Dana Jenkins, who was first to shake Hunt’s hand in congratulations. Afterward Hunt took his seat at the dais behind what was conspicuously an unofficial name plate which stated only his name, Doug Hunt, absent the word “Commissioner” under it. A quick call to the Commissioners’ office revealed that his official name plate with all the information on it will be ready for Hunt at the commissioner’s next meeting, Wednesday, June 20th.
After Hunt was sworn in, the three commissioners then had to reorganize themselves as to who the Chair and the Vice Chair will be since Don Lindly was the Chair this year. Bill Hall was named Chair of the Commission and Terry Thompson Vice Chair. They’ll re-organize the commission again right after the first of the year. Since Terry Thompson has an aversion to a meeting gavel like he has to a bad day of fishing, Hall may wind up with the gavel for another 12 months; that is assuming Hunt doesn’t mind waiting a full year or more before expressing a desire to be considered for Chair or Vice Chair.
Hunt told News Lincoln County that he will be taking over Lindly’s list of local, regional and state agency affiliations that Lindly had built up over the years. But they pertain mostly to transportation and economic development.
Hunt said he was thrilled to officially become a county commissioner and that he can’t wait to jump in and get to work. He said his office isn’t exactly the way he wants it, but he said give him a week or two and he’ll make it his own.