By David Howell
COFFEEVILLE – Supervisors appointed Larry Tritt to fill the unexpired term of District One Constable Charles Calder. Calder was first elected constable in 1992 and passed away on Jan. 4. The appointment came during a recessed meeting held Jan. 24 in Coffeeville.
The recommendation came from District Five Supervisor Frank “Bubba” Tillman.
“Larry Tritt told me that he would help us out until the elections was over with,” Tillman explained.“Ever who gets elected may could go ahead and get started,” Tillman added, meaning that the winner of this year’s election for the position could take office immediately after the election is certified instead of the end of the year when the term ends.
“I think one thing needs to be said,” District One Supervisor Tommy Vaughn added. “The board certainly considered Charlie’s wife,” Vaughn said, citing previous situations where the spouse of an elected official is appointed if the official dies in office.
“In the past it has been handled like that. We wanted to take care of them if we could, but we felt like this is the route to go,” Vaughn said.
Tritt has prior law enforcement experience, working both as a security guard and served as the Coffeeville Police Chief. Tritt also works part-time for the sheriff’s department, working as a court bailiff.
At presstime Tuesday four candidates have qualified to run for the position in the August Democratic Primary Election. The candidates include Marvin Horton, Ralph Byford, Brent Anderson and Terry Ellis.
Byford was the only new candidate to qualify for any county office not previously reported in the Herald.
Other business conducted at the meeting includes:
• Approved applications from logging companies to exceed the posted weight limits while hauling on county roads. The applications were submitted from Chad Clark Timber, Inc. in Districts One and Five on County Roads 134 and 215; Shiloh Creek Land and Timber in District Two on County Road 230; and Timberland Harvesters, LLC in District Five on County Roads 143, 229 and 221.
• Reappointed Larry Hart, Amos Sims, Butch Surrette, George Suggs and Earline Townes to the North Central Planning and Development District board. The one-year appointments start in February.
• Accepted corrections for homestead exemption from. Tax Collector /Assessor Linda Shuffield, who noted the corrections were made because the following people became disabled in 2010: Eric Wayne and Elois Randle Nicholson, Sadie Brown, Carolyn B. Reed, Tamera Diane Morgan and Todd Maclin and Mattie Marion Jackson.
• Received an economic development update from Yalobusha Economic Development Director Bob Tyler and others. Check next week in the Herald for a full report.