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New county commissioner named
Two warrant commissioners selected
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CANTRELL - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
The county commissioner seat recently vacated when John Green moved outside the county recently was filled Monday night.During the regular monthly meeting of the commission, commissioners chose Rick Cantrell to serve the remainder of the 5th District commissioner’s term.Cantrell, competing against Steven Cantrell, Eugene LaFever, and James Young for the position, received eight votes to gain the seat.A majority of seven votes were needed for the appointment.County Commissioners voting for Cantrell were Jimmy Poss, Larry Summers, Marshall Ferrell, Wayne Cantrell, Bradley Hendrix, Bobby Joines, Elmer Ellis, Jr., and Mason Carter.Commissioners Jeff Barnes and Jerry Adcock cast votes for James Young.Commissioners Jerry Scott and Jack Barton voted for Eugene LaFever.All four applicants were interviewed by the commission during a Thursday night All-Committees meeting held at the courthouse.Cantrell, who was born and raised in the 5th district, has served on the DeKalb County Regional Planning Commission since 1995.“I have lived in DeKalb County all my life,” Cantrell said during his interview Thursday. “I went to school here. I have worked for BFN Operations, formerly Knowles & Sons Nursery for 38 years.