Squire's resignation to be heard Sept. 21

By JOHN B. BRYANThe Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission District 7 seat will soon become vacant and the wife of commissioner may seek to fill the position.

Commissioner Don Franklin, a long-time member of the County Commission and former Wilson County Board of Education member, suffered a stroke in May of this year and has not been able to perform the duties of the office. In a letter of resignation drafted by his wife, Georgia, who has been appointed as Conservator for her husband, Mrs. Franklin states that her husband will not be able to perform his duties as Commissioner due to health reasons and she is submitting the resignation on his behalf.

The commission will hear the matter during the Sept. 21 meeting and according to a memorandum from County Attorney Mike Jennings, the “Rules of Order” are “silent as to how we address resignations.” 

 The memorandum also states that once the resignation is tendered, it must be accepted by the body (the commission).

With the acceptance of the resignation, it will then be necessary to call an election to fill the vacancy. According to Jennings, the commissioners will elect the replacement after proper notice of the election is given. More than likely, if everything falls into place, the District 7 seat will be filled at the Commission’s October meeting.

Mrs. Franklin has expressed and interest in filling her husband’s seat, according to several squires.

District 9 Commissioner Gary Tarpley and District 6 Commissioner Kenny Reich both agreed Mrs. Franklin would be the likely candidate for the open seat and that family members of vacated seats, if interested, usually get first consideration.

“It’s not a rule but generally speaking, if a family member is interested in filling out the resigned position, they usually get the nod,” Reich said of the soon-to-be-vacated District 7 seat.  

“I haven’t heard of anyone else considering to run for Don’s seat besides Mrs. Franklin,” Tarpley said.

“Don always said that if anything ever happened to him he wanted me to serve on the commission. I have only missed two meetins since Don has been elected to the commission and I would be honored to fill his seat,” Mrs. Franklin said yesterday from her home in Watertown.

Publisher John B. Bryan may be contacted at jbryan@wilsonpost.com.