Reed named interim election commissioner to replace Boyte

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Union County school trustees Monday appointed Daphnia McMillen, right, as interim District Four school board member at the meeting Monday. She will fill the slot left vacant by Robert Hogue, who ran unopposed for the office but cannot serve because his wife is a teacher in the school system. McMillen will serve until a special election in November. From left are McMillen’s daughters Julie McCulough and Jessica Waits, with Union County Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford, center, who had just administered the oath of office to McMillen.

The Union County Board of Supervisor appointed Barbara Ann Reed as interim District Three Election Commissioner Monday until someone can be elected to the post during the 2013 November general elections.

The appointment was necessary because the District Three winner in the past November election, Rank Boyte, resigned for personal reasons.

Supervisors accepted his resignation Monday and then appointed Reed, who is Boyte’s daughter.

No one ran against Boyte, who sought the post vacated by Frances Dunlap upon her retirement.

The other new election commissioner is Bill Azlin, who defeated incumbent Lanelle Hudson for the District Two seat. The remaining three incumbents were unopposed. They are Graham Spencer, District One; Mike Beam, District Four; and Wayne Wilhite, District Five.

In other business, supervisors Monday handled routine items such as paying medical examiner fees, approving the claims docket and board minutes, and approving the work schedule for January.

One unusual item was voting to purchase three new garbage trucks for a negotiated price of $125,000 each. The original and only bid was $126,845 from Pac Man with Freightliner trucks.

Another was accepting the proposal from Mills and Mills Architects to work with the Community Development Block Grant Project on the Abby Farms building, and accepting a services contract with J. E. Vance and Co. to do work to prepare for the regular audit.