Eddie Stout, newly-appointed District 5 County Commissioner

During the February meeting of the Smith County Commission, Gordonsville resident Eddie Stout was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the commission.

The seat in District 5 became empty last month when commissioner Colby McKinney announced his resignation during the commission’s January meeting.

Registered voters living in District 5 (Gordonsville/Lancaster/Hickman) had the opportunity to submit their name for consideration for the empty seat.

Prior to Monday night’s meeting, Jimmy Austin submitted a letter expressing his interest in filling the vacant seat.

On the night of the meeting, Chris Ray submitted a letter to the commission, and Eddie Stout and Jimmy Gregory addressed the commission directly.

Jimmy Gregory, Eddie Stout, and Chris Ray were all nominated by the commission, and current commissioners took a vote to determine which candidate would fill the empty seat.

Eddie Stout was appointed by a vote of 18 to 5, with the other 5 votes being cast for Jimmy Gregory.

Eddie Stout will be sworn into office and is expected to fill his seat on the commission at the March 2020 meeting.

You can watch the February 2020 meeting of the Smith County Commission below.