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New faces dominate commission

The Sept. 1 Washington County Commission meeting was a majority of new faces, with 12 new commissioners and a new county mayor trying out their seats for the first time since the Aug. 5 election.
The short called meeting dealt with mostly housekeeping business, but gave a preview of the new make-up of the commission. Two newly elected commissioners, Ethan Flynn and Joe Grandy, were absent from the swearing-in ceremony and the first called meeting.
But the most noticeable absence was that of former Mayor George Jaynes from behind the mayor’s perch — though Jaynes was in the audience for the first meeting.
As a first item of business, the commission elected a chairman of the legislative body, unanimously selecting new County Mayor Dan Eldridge. Unanimously selected for the vice-chairman position was Greg Matherly.
As a final order of business, the commission appointed five members to the Committee on Committees, which will decide which commissioners will serve on the county’s varying committees: Doyle Cloyd, Mark Ferguson, Richard Matherly, Gerald Sparks and Sam Humphreys.
That committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. in the conference room on the second floor of the Washington County Courthouse in Jonesborough.
The first meeting of the full commission will be Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.