By LEAH STRATMANN
A comment by planning commission chairman Tom Terrell at last week’s evaluation and appraisal report (EAR) workshop regarding fellow commissioner Tom Patton being asked to step down from his seat, prompted the Herald to contact Cecilia Jones, recently elected to her first term on the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).
Commissioner Jones said emphatically, “I am not doing anything with the planning commission appointment at this time and if I do make a change, it will be after the completion of the EAR process. Right now I am just looking at all the committee appointments and weighing options. I asked Ken Little, Citizen Services director, to send a letter to each appointee thanking them for their service and telling them that I would be reviewing board and committee assignments under my purview. I also let everyone know I would be sitting down with them individually and sharing my vision. I have not met with Tom Patton,” she said.
“Sometimes a commissioner wants to bring on their own person, but I have not made a final decision. When I discussed this with Pat (Blackshear, director of the planning department) I mentioned I might make a change. It is not that anybody is not doing a good job. People get a little information and then they assume wrongly that it is done. I would not do anything in the middle of a process such as the EAR, but I will be making a final decision when the process is over. It is not anything out of the ordinary.
“I am not in a big hurry to replace anyone. I have a lot of common sense and I would never do anything that might hurt the committee,” she concluded.