Does Giles County have too many county commissioners?
Chris Morris, Giles Republican Party Chairman, raised the question at a March 1 county party meeting.
Giles County voters elect 21 commissioners, and the county has a population of just under 30,000. That figure could change when the results of the latest federal census are announced.
The county has three commissioners for each of its seven districts.
“If you feel like 21 is too many,” Morris said, neighboring Limestone County, Ala. has one commissioner for each of four districts plus one at large commissioner, for approximately 100,000 residents.
Giles County, he said, needs to elect more Republican county commissioners, a sheriff and district attorney general, he said and complimented District Attorney General Brent Cooper.
The county is also served by 28th District State Senator and Dr. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald; 70th District State Rep. Clay Doggett, R-Pulaski and 64th District State Rep. Scott Cepicky, R-Culleoka, Morris said.
Giles County is in the 28th State Senate and 70th House districts, while Cepicky's district is outside Giles County.
In April, county Republicans plan to elect officers for the next two years.
A proposed slate of officers includes Morris as chairman; Annelle Guthrie, vice chairman; Bill Wendt, treasurer; Derek Rowe, secretary and vice treasurer.
Greg Webster has served as immediate past president, a non-elected position on the county Republican Party board of directors.
Plans are, Morris said, to have Seventh District Congressman Mark Green, R-Tennessee, speak at the Giles County Republicans’ April 5 meeting at Richland Trace Market.