Anderson County Commissioner Steve Emert was elected chair of the Anderson County Commission on Monday, replacing former Chair Robert McKamey, and Commissioner Tim Isbel was elected vice chair of the 16-member legislative body.
McKamey had sought to be reappointed to a second one-year term as chair. But he only picked up two votes Monday, one from him and the other from Commissioner Philip Warfield.
Emert, who has been vice chair for one one-year term, voted “no” for McKamey, and all other commissioners who were present abstained, which was, under the rules, a vote for Emert. Nine votes were required.
Anderson County commissioners Myron Iwanski and Angeleque McNutt were absent.
Isbel was appointed vice chair. No one else sought that post.
Emert, Isbel, and McKamey were all re-elected to the County Commission in August 2014.
Emert is serving his first full four-year term. He is one of two commissioners who represent District 3, which includes Andersonville, Fairview, Glen Alpine, and Norris. He was elected on November 6, 2012, beating eight other candidates, to serve the rest of former Commissioner Johnny Alley’s term representing District 3. Alley resigned his Commission seat after winning the August 2012 election to become Anderson County property assessor.
Isbel is one of two commissioners who represent District 4, which includes Lake City, Briceville, and Rosedale.
McKamey is one of two commissioners who represent District 5, which includes the Clinton High, Dutch Valley, Marlow, and Norwood precincts.
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