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Hammond nominated to fill Leve's vacated School Board seat

Sixth District County Commissioner Arlene Cook told the Williamson Herald earlier this week that Cherie Hammond is the nominee to fill the School Board seat recently vacated by Terry Leve.

“We thought she was the best-qualified person,” Cook said. “She is very involved with the schools. She's had five children go through the Williamson County Schools, she's been a PTO president [at Ravenwood High School], and is chairman of the district-wide PTO Leadership Council.”

Cook said she and County Commissioner Jeff Ford, also from the 6th District, are in agreement that Hammond is the strongest of the 13 individuals who expressed an interest in the position. Cook said the commission will vote commission elect Leve's successor at its Jan. 14 meeting. Traditionally, county commissioners who represent the district where the school board vacancy occurs nominate a candidate, although anyone can make a nomination prior to the vote. County Commission Chairman Jack Walton said it would be improbable that this would be the case.

“I will ask at the meeting if there are other nominees before the vote,” Walton said. “Audience members or commissioners are able to add a nominee. But that hasn't happened since I've been here, and I've been in office for about 15 years.”

Walton said he first learned last Jan. 2 that Hammond was to be Ford's nomination, and hoped that he and Cook were in agreement. Legally, Cook said, she and Ford were prohibited from discussing their preferences until they put their respective nominations into the packets for distribution to the other county commissioners.

“Until we put the recommendation forth in the packet, we couldn't talk about the candidates,” she said. “But it was apparent that she is the best candidate.”

Posted on: 1/10/2013


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