By SERINA MARSHALL
Washington County commissioners appointed Ben Carder to the open commission seat for District 15 Monday night.
The seat was previously held by the late Mike Ford, who passed away in December. A Jonesborough resident, Carder will serve the remaining three months of Ford’s term.
Carder won the commissioner’s seat in the Republican Primary back on May 3, with a 40% lead and will run in the county general election August 4 for his opportunity to keep the seat.
Before taking his oath, Carder said, “I would like to thank the commission in the kindness and the faith you have shown in me by putting me into this position.”
Carder defeated Mark Rice in the primaries to become the Republican nominee for the 15th district seat, which represents residents in the Boones Creek and Sulphur Springs precincts.
Commissioners were scheduled to fill a vacancy for constable in the county’s 1st District, however that vote was moved to the June 27 meeting after no nominations for the position were made.
Commissioner Greg Matherly said that state law required the position to be filled by the board within 120 days of vacancy, therefore the suggestion by several commissioners to allow voters to fill the constable position in August was denied.