By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor
A new chairman and vice chairman were elected to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) at the Jan. 5 meeting. Commissioner Donald Harris was unanimously voted to assume the role of chairman and Commissioner Ellen Warren was unanimously voted to continue her role as vice chairman. “I would like to thank the board for this honor,” said Harris. The 2015 Chairman, Commissioner Andy Ainslie, removed himself from consideration for reelection as chairman. “I am going to suggest we take advantage of some of the other talent on this board,” said Ainslie. Ainslie reminisced over his time as chairman over the last two years, proud of the accomplishments the BOC has achieved in that time, citing the Mannington Mills expansion, the county’s in-house pavement initiative, new leased equipment, changing the property tax due date, and the coming Farmview Market complex and new hospital.
“I’ve been pleased with the last two years and the changes we made,” said Ainslie. “One of the things I am most thankful of is the economic initiatives we have undertaken…Change in the community is always tough…but it has been a real plus for us…I also am real pleased with the progress we’ve made with the community on the new hospital. There’s been a lot of change and a lot of things have taken place in the last two years. I appreciate it very much—this board and the support. We have done a lot and we will go forward and do some good things in the next year.” “I will thank Andy for the outstanding leadership,” said Harris. “He has done an outstanding job and we will continue to be a board that looks to his leadership in the days head…I know you will continue to do an outstanding job for the county,” said Harris.