County Commission

Commission welcomes new members


Pictured are the Fayette County Commissioners who took the oath of office for a new term prior to the commission’s Nov. 12 meeting. From left: Councilman Wesley Jacobs, Councilman Robert Townley, Councilman Shane Hughes and Councilman John Underwood. Jacobs and Townley are newly elected to the commission, while Hughes is beginning his second term and Underwood is starting his sixth term in office.

The Fayette County Commission held its annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Fayette Civic Center. Prior to the start of the meeting, Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman issued the oaths of office to the four commissioners who won seats during this year’s election. They are as follows: Commissioner Shane Hughes, re-elected from District 2, Commissioner John Underwood, re-elected from District 6, newly-elected Commissioner Wesley Jacobs from District 4, and newly-elected Commissioner Robert Townley from District 5.

Commission hires substitute workers for Aging Program



The Fayette County Commission voted to hire two substitute workers for the Fayette County Aging Program during its Oct. 19 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commissioner Joe Acker made a motion to hire two workers for the program, and the motion was approved unanimously. The two substitute workers will be used to fill in at any of the Aging Programs within the county when needed.

Commission approves FY 2021 budget


Commission Chairman Mike Freeman (left) and Commissioner James Knight are shown at the Sept. 28 Fayette County Commission meeting.

The Fayette County Commission approved its fiscal year 2021 budget during its Monday, Sept. 28 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. During the past few weeks, the commission has held several work sessions to try to ensure a balanced budget that could be approved prior to Sept. 30. The budget that was approved at the meeting showed significant cuts to several departments due to lack of sufficient revenue for funding.

Commission seeks to finalize budget


Shown are a few of the attendees at the Sept. 14 meeting of the Fayette County Commission. The commissioners and attendees were social distancing to abide by the COVID-19 guidelines. All commissioners were present for the meeting.

The Fayette County Commission discussed position vacancies and other items at its Sept. 14 meeting, as they continue to work toward adopting the fiscal year 2021 budget later this month. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren said that he asked that position vacancies be placed on the agenda for discussion.

Kemp-Driver retires from commission


Shown from left, front: Kemp-Driver and Commission Vice-Chairman Barry Corkren. Back: Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman and Commissioner John Underwood.

Bobbie Jo Kemp-Driver was presented a plaque and a resolution signed by the members of the Fayette County Commission, honoring her for her 37 years of “dedicated and loyal service” to the county. Her official retirement date will be Oct. 1.

Commission hires Jones as maintenance supervisor



The Fayette County Commission voted unanimously at its Aug. 10 meeting to hire Preston Jones as the county’s new maintenance supervisor. All commissioners were present for the meeting, which was held at the Fayette Civic Center since the meeting was changed to morning from afternoon. Phillip Rushing had been temporarily hired to fill the vacancy as maintenance supervisor until a new employee was hired. Commissioner Barry Corkren made a motion that was seconded by Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers to hire Jones as the new supervisor. The motion passed by unanimous consent.

 

Commission address personnel policies



The Fayette County Commission discussed raising the retirement benefit of Tier I employees to the level of Tier II employees during a work session that proceeded its July 13 meeting. All commissioners were present for both the work session and the meeting. Tier II employees are employees that were hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013. These employees perform the same tasks as Tier I employees, but pay a higher amount into the retirement system while receiving less in benefits at retirement time.

Commission addresses sheriff’s department budget



The Fayette County Commission discussed the sheriff’s department budget during its June 8 meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent due to medical reasons, with all other commissioners present. Commissioner Joe Acker said that at approximately two-thirds of the way through the fiscal year, the sheriff department has used about 93 percent of its budgeted funds for the year. He said that while the sheriff’s department budget is over, the budget for the jail appears to be on-target.

 

Commission hires new director for Berry Senior Center


Pictured at the May 26 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioner John Underwood, County Attorney Allen Grocholski (back), Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission hired a new director for the Senior Citizens Center in Berry during its May 26 meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. The meeting opened with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman stating the commission needed to hold an executive session to discuss a legal matter. Commissioner Joe Acker made a motion to enter executive session, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers. The commissioners present unanimously voted to enter executive session.

Commission approves purchases during special called meeting


Shown at the May 7 special called commission meeting, from left: Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, Commissioner Joe Acker and Commissioner Barry Corkren.

The Fayette County Commission approved purchases and made several changes to its personnel policies during a special called meeting held in the Fayette County Courtroom on Thursday, May 7. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman told the commissioners that the air conditioning/chiller system used at the courthouse annex is completely worn out and could not be repaired.