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Matherly, Storey to lead commission

A blend of experience and fresh perspective mark the next team of leadership on the Washington County Commission, with Greg Matherly and Rick Storey elected during the first meeting of the new term.
When the floor was opened for nominations on Sept. 2, Commissioner Mark Larkey nominated Matherly for chair and Commissioner Joe Grandy moved that nominations cease. A unanimous voice vote followed.
“I’d like to thank each of you for your confidence in me,” Matherly said. “There is a lot of work to be done, but this group is up to it.”
Nominations for vice chair were received for Gary McAllister, Katie Baker, Lee Chase and Storey. Grandy moved that nominations cease, and McAllister withdrew his.
Storey, a new commissioner, was named vice chair after finishing first in two voice votes.
Being elected by your peers to lead is an honor, according to Matherly. “I’ll absolutely do the best job I can and serve in whatever capacity is necessary, just as I’ve done until now,” he said.
In an effort to acclimate new board members, Matherly had copies of the commission’s rules of procedure available at the Aug. 28 swearing-in ceremony and said he was pleased to see many diving in and learning.
It’s really more of an instruction book though, he said. “Part of this is trial by fire and learning as you go.” A county commissioner since 1998, Matherly can still remember his first days of instruction from longtime members.
Additional challenges can arise in serving residents of the district.
“I went on the commission with Pat Wolfe, and I used to call him with questions,” he said. “New people can often help new people.”
More of the first-time commissioners are taking advantage of training opportunities, which Matherly predicts will lead to a busier term and a larger role for the vice chair.
“The more active the committees are, the more agenda items we have, and we’re behind in some issues,” he said. “I think it will take both of us.”
Matherly said the body will operate with 24 commissioners until the final one is elected on Nov. 4.
The resignation of Commissioner Pete Speropulos created an open seat in the 1st District, and the qualifying date for prospective candidates is Wednesday, Sept. 10, at noon.