Hudson named new commission chairman

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The regular meeting of the Crenshaw County Commission was an extra special one as each commissioner was officially sworn in for another term in office by Crenshaw County Probate Judge Jim Perdue Tuesday morning while family members and friends looked on.

Commissioner Ricky McElwain returned as commissioner for District One, Ronnie Blackmon for District Two, Ed Beasley for District Three, Ronnie Hudson for District Four, and Charlie Sankey, Jr., for District Five.

Ronnie Hudson was named as the new Commission Chairman, while former chairman Ronnie Blackmon was named vice-chairman.

The commission also rehired John Nichols as the county's attorney and approved the same meeting schedule as they currently have. The commission's regular meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 9 a.m., and the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

In other business, Crenshaw County Sheriff Charles West told the commission that he had employed Adrian Heath Truman as a new deputy, effective Nov. 7. The commission approved Truman's hiring and salary of $10.50 per hour.

Also, West said that $783, $402, and $161, respectively, had been seized in recent drug cases. This money was seized and forfeited by the courts to the Crenshaw County General Fund. The commission approved that this money then be reimbursed back into the sheriff's Drug Fund and Pistol Permit Fund.

The commission passed a motion to give authority to Sheriff West to hire Mason Adcock, under the terms that the county buys his contract of approximately $6,050 from the city of Luverne. Adcock had been with the Luverne Police Department. West agreed to then reimburse the county $2,600 for the contract buy-out.

Solid Waste Officer John Hollis reported to the commission that two bids had been received for a new solid waste officer truck. The commission approved to pay $18,897.40 to Ben Atkinson Ford, the lower of the two bids, for the new vehicle.

County Administrator Doris Thomas reported that the Crenshaw County Health Department was having problems with its back exit door. The commission approved $360 for repairs to the door.

Also, Chairman Hudson said that the county was in a contract with Double B Construction for the new addition of E-911 to the Emergency Management Agency building. The invoice is for $75,991, but the commission decided to deduct $10,000 from the amount for cabinets that they felt were not necessary.

The next regular county commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27 in the commission chambers at the Crenshaw County Courthouse.