Hamilton County commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Fred Skillern as their new chairman Wednesday and were forced to defer a vote on the appointment of a vice chairman.
Skillern took his oath of office after being quickly nominated and approved by the group. The longtime commissioner and former Hamilton County School Board chairman will step back into a familiar role, having served as commission chairman twice before.
Skillern, who has been on the commission since 2001, was previously elected as the group's chairman in 2004 and 2010. He's served as the group's vice chairman since 2011.
The group hit an impasse in their attempts to vote for a vice chairman. Three times, a roll call was taken—resulting in a three-way tie each time between Commissioners Chester Bankston, Jim Fields and Tim Boyd. The group opted to defer the vote one week.
After being sworn in, Skillern thanked his colleagues and said he would seek to run a well-oiled machine.
"I will make sure you all have an opportunity to speak and speak to every issue you want to," he said. "But with that said, this staff costs us $2 a second, and they could be doing other things. And with that being said, we can proceed with the agenda."
Chairman terms are one year. Skillern's term expires in 2014.
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