As the Dickson County Commission prepares to fill the empty seat left by commissioner Booty Reed, it discussed the procedure for doing so at a Monday, July 29 meeting.

County attorney Brian Ragan laid out the rules during the meeting.

During the Monday, August 19 county commission meeting, registered voters in the county will be given the chance to submit the names of people they believe should be considered for the position.

“All of those are recommendations to you (the commission),” Ragan said. “Those names don’t come up for a vote unless one of you nominates them.”

Then, county commissioners will submit nominations to be considered.

Everyone nominated must either appear at the meeting to speak to the commissioners or submit a signed statement that they’re willing to serve in the role, Ragan said.

All nominees must be registered voters who live in District 10.  The district stretches northeast from the intersection of Main Street and College Street in downtown Dickson.

Commissioners will state the name of the person that they support to fill the vacancy. If one person receives six or more votes, that person is selected. If no one receives six votes, the nominees receiving zero and the fewest votes will be eliminated from consideration.

“You’ll keep going through that until someone is elected,” Ragan said.

Once a person is chosen, they can be sworn in and participate in the rest of the meeting.

The vacancy is a result of the death of longtime commissioner Reed, who died Sunday, June 6, at 73 after a long fight with cancer.

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