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November 13, 2012

County Commissioners change board chairman

DUNCAN — For nearly two years, Todd Churchman, District 2 commissioner, has been the chairman for the Board of Stephens County Commissioners. Tuesday, a new chairman was selected.

Dee Bowen, District 3 commissioner, will take up the chairman position at the Nov. 19 regular meeting. Bowen has previously been chairman, although Churchman and Darrell Sparks, District 1 commissioner, have had the position since Bowen’s last run as chairman.

Churchman, who was elected as District 2 commissioner in the 2008 general election, lost his re-election race Nov. 6 to Lonnie Estes. Estes, who is the first republican elected to the commissioners board, will step into the position in the first part of January. There was a difference of 465 votes between Estes and Churchman.

The board approves a new chairman every calendar year. Churchman was approved for a second consecutive year because he was working closely with the county E-911 and several other projects. This helped to avoid interruption in the processes and knowledge of those projects.

The commissioners will determine who will be chairman for 2013, toward the beginning of January. Bowen was approved for the chairman position during Tuesday’s meeting to help the board get through the remainder of the year and to allow for a smooth transition between calendar years.

In other action:

• The board approved the county officer monthly reports and the allocation of Alcoholic Beverage Tax. This is an item approved each month.

• Another monthly item approved was the cash fund estimate of needs and request for appropriations.

• The board also approved the minutes of the previous meeting. The previous meeting was Nov. 5.

• The commissioners also approved the payment of any purchase orders and the issuance of any blanket purchase orders. This is an item approved each week.

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