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Hodge excited about role as new county commissioner

Lynn Hodge said the response to his election as Washington County’s newest commissioner has been overwhelming.
“The phone is still ringing,” he said. “People I haven’t talked to in ages have called to congratulate me.”
Expecting to be sworn in later this month, Hodge has already had a conversation regarding committee service with Commission Chair Greg Matherly.
“I said you put me wherever you need me. Whatever is best for the county will suit me fine. I have no hidden agenda.”
Hodge said two of his campaign issues were eliminating insurance for commissioners, and reducing the size of the board from 25 to 15 members. “This should save the county in the neighborhood of $200,000 per year,” he said.
While the reduction in the commission size would more than likely not occur before the next election, Hodge said a proposal now would put the change in motion.
“I feel like 15 commissioners would be an ample number, maybe more than ample considering our neighboring counties,” he said.
Hodge believes being a good steward of the taxpayers’ money should be an overall goal of a commissioner. “I hope most serve because they want to give back to the community and the people they represent,” he said.
The office also is a huge responsibility, according to Hodge. “There are so many things coming before the commission, and some of these issues are complex,” he said. “I don’t feel like any commissioner should be pressured to vote on any subject matter without having ample time to study it.”
Hodge has no problem putting in the work to ensure his decisions benefit the taxpayers and lead to growth for the county. “Speaking for myself, if I had not had enough time to study the subject, I would (move to) table.”
A Vietnam veteran and a fourth-generation farmer, Hodge lives on part of the farm his great-grandfather owned in Gray.
After serving 30 years in the banking industry, several of them with the FDIC, he retired as a commercial banker from Green Bank four years ago, which allows him the time he feels necessary to be an effective commissioner.
The open county commission seat in the 1st District had to be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot following the resignation of Commissioner Pete Speropulos whose relocation to Sulphur Springs moved him outside district boundaries and made him ineligible to serve.