We need an interim commissioner

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

We live in Levy County where only three of our five county commissioners are on the job.

And Tuesday proved to be the day some folks learned what could happen if one of those three was unable to carry out their duties.

Folks were gathered for the regular meeting of the commission. But Chair Nancy Bell was not there.

Folks waited and fidgeted and wondered aloud where she was. Did something happen to her?

Within 15 minutes word spread that the frosty temperatures — it had dropped to the 20s the night before — had taken their toll. Bell was trying to deal with frozen pipes at her home.

She arrived almost immediately after and got right down to work.

But the scene of two commissioners sitting on the dais with their lawyer and three empty seats was worrisome.

And it showed that Gov. Charlie Crist might need to give serious consideration to looking over the list of applicants for the commissioner’s post and appointing someone.

Flatly put, this county is one bad case of flu or a one heart attack away from coming to a standstill.

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