County Commission elects Ashe Mayor

By Jeff Whitten

County Commission elects Ashe Mayor

Interim Mayor Wilburn Gene Ashe is sworn in by County Clerk Ronnie Price. Staff photo by Jeff Whitten

The McNairy County Commission elected Wilburn Gene Ashe as Interim County Mayor at its meeting on Monday, June 27.

Ashe defeated Anthony Knight by a vote of 14-5.

After the vote, the commission voted to elect Ashe by acclamation.

“Let me say to all of you, I appreciate your vote, I appreciate your confidence I promise again to do two things. To be honest and to carry out the wishes of this body,” he said after the vote.

Ashe pledged not to seek the office in 2012 and resigned his position on the county commission.

Ashe had been serving as county mayor since Jai Templeton resigned on June 1 to become Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture of Tennessee.

He was elected Chair Pro Tem of the commission last September. This office is next in the line of succession to the county mayor’s office.

County Commissioner Jim Rickman was elected Chair Pro Tem of the commission by acclamation.

On another topic, the commission passed the budget for fiscal year 2011-2012.

The property tax rate for the county will remain the same, at $2.09 per $100 of assessed value.

The largest single item in the $41million budget is the $28 million for the general purpose school fund.

More than $2 million will be spent on highways and public works as well as over a million dollars on the Sheriff’s Department. 

In other actions the commission approved a series of  budget amendments for the 2010-2011 budget. This includes $145,000 for the school nutrition budget, $189,000 for the highway department, $115,00 for medical expenses for prisoners at the Justice Center and $660,000 for the education department. These transfers between line items were necessary because at the end of the year, some lines go over and some under the budget.