Gov. Ivey appoints new Jackson County Commission Chairman

Governor Ivey names new Jackson County Commission Chairman

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WAFF) - UPDATE: Jackson County has a new Commission Chairman.

According to the Governor’s Office, retired Major General Willie Nance, Jr. was selected as Jackson County Commission Chairman on Monday, May 3. This comes after former Chairman Tim Guffey stepped down in December just days after an investigation into possible illegal surveillance inside the county courthouse.

District 3 commissioner A.J. Buckner said he is happy the hiring process is over.

“We’re glad to be able to have a chairman and not have to go through a special called election because that would have been a tremendous financial burden and putting a lot of people out. I like the process that they went through and we had some outstanding candidates,” said Buckner.

Governor Ivey’s top pick is retired Major General Willie Nance, Jr. Nance also serves as the board chairman for the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

Buckner said that economic experience will be a tremendous asset.

“So, he gets it he understands that for us to succeed there has to be a wonderful collaboration to happen between the citizens and government and he’s just bringing a tremendous tool chest to us. We are just super excited to be able to do the day-to-day operations for the county,” said Buckner.

Hance will be sworn into office May 4 at noon at the Jackson County Courthouse.

See Nance’s appointment letter from the Governor’s Office below.

Major General Willie Nance, Jr.
Major General Willie Nance, Jr. (Source: Jackson County Commission)

ORIGINAL: The search is on for a new Jackson County Commission Chairman.

This comes after former Chairman Tim Guffey stepped down in December just days after an investigation into possible illegal surveillance inside the courthouse.

Vice-chairman Jason Venable said about a dozen people applied for the position. But it’s important to note, Governor Kay Ivey will make the final decision regarding the appointment. Venable said not having a chairman has impacted the commission’s efficiency and ability to quickly handle business.

As for the selection process, Venable said he is excited the process is almost complete and is looking forward to working with the governor’s pick.

“Out of the group we have, we have a really great group. We don’t always agree but we‘re able to see past our differences and work together. We’re hopeful we’ll get someone that will mesh with us and continue to do a good job in Jackson County,” said Venable.

Venable said interviews are expected to wrap up on April 28.

WAFF is told the governor could make a selection by the end of the week.

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