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Coffee County Commission fails to fill vacant Commissioner seat District #2

At the January 9, 2024 full Coffee County Commission Meeting (Agenda item 9a), two individuals were nominated from the floor of the Commission to be candidates to fill the vacant District #2 seat that was left empty following the death of Coffee County Commissioner, Claude Morse.

Lee Sullivan and Roger Chambers were the individuals nominated. The Commission needs 10 votes to appoint a designee. The Commissioners cast two votes for Chambers, 7 votes for Sullivan and 6 Commissioners abstained from the vote.

Commissioner Dennis Hunt had this to say:

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Tenn. Code Ann. § 5-1-104(b)(1), as amended, will provide:
Vacancies in county offices required by the Constitution of Tennessee or by any
statutory provision to be filled by the people shall be filled by the county
legislative body, and any person so appointed shall serve until a successor is
elected at the next general election, as defined in § 2-1-104, in the county and is
qualified; provided, that the candidates have sufficient time to qualify for the
office, as provided for in § 2-14-106. The county legislative body shall be
required to make an appointment to fill a vacancy within one hundred and twenty
(120) days of receiving notice of the vacancy unless during that time period there
is a general election scheduled in the county and there is sufficient time for the
vacancy to be placed on the ballot in accordance with this section. Any
appointment to fill a vacancy by the county legislative body shall be made in
accordance with title 5, chapter 5, part 1[.]

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 is the County Primary Election. The next full Coffee County Commission will meet March 12, 2024 at 6:00PM.

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