Floyd is new com­mis­sioner

Polk County Com­mis­sion mem­bers vote for Hal Floyd to fill the Dis­trict 3 seat.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Ed­i­tor

Polk County com­mis­sion­ers gath­ered for a spe­cial called meet­ing for a brief ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion and then to de­cide on who will be serv­ing as the next Dis­trict 3 com­mis­sioner.

With a 5-0 vote, the board de­cided that Hal Floyd would be tak­ing over the seat for the re­main­der of the term for the seat.

“It’s an honor to be on the board,” Floyd said. “There are sev­eral is­sues that we need to ad­dress cur­rently, but the real fo­cus is on the fu­ture and where we’re go­ing and how we’re go­ing to man­age the fu­ture. I want to make sure the growth head­ing our way is done in the right way.”

Floyd said the chal­lenges he wants to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther first are the sit­u­a­tion at the Polk County Land­fill on Grady Road and the is­sues over the Polk County Fire Depart­ment.

“I think I’d like to get all the in­for­ma­tion and facts that we can and see how we can move for­ward on those two is­sues,” Floyd said. “Other than that I think it’s the fu­ture, and I think I men­tioned in the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion that it’s like we have four fam­i­lies mov­ing into Polk County each week.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, Floyd said he wanted to work on im­prov­ing pub­lic safety in Polk County to make all res­i­dents safer.

Floyd was cho­sen out of a group of three that in­cluded Larry Reynolds and Tim Yar­brough.

The trio went be­fore the board dur­ing their night of meet­ings on Oct. 9 for a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion.

He fill the seat left of by Stefanie Drake Bur­ford, who re­signed from of­fice at the end of Au­gust.

The for­mer Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber for Dis­trict 6, Floyd re­signed his po­si­tion back in Au­gust as well to al­low his daugh­ter to take on an ad­min­is­tra­tive role in the Polk School Dis­trict and avoid any is­sues of nepo­tism.

Floyd was an ex­ec­u­tive at Tip Top Poul­try who was in charge of build­ing and start­ing the Rock­mart plant in the late 1980s, where he served un­til his re­tire­ment and set­tled down in Rock­mart.

He said that pre­vi­ously he’d been asked by peo­ple to run for a county com­mis­sion seat, but had no in­ter­est ini­tially. Floyd fi­nally de­cided to seek out a po­si­tion af­ter leav­ing the school board and still hav­ing a de­sire to serve the com­mu­nity.

County Man­ager Matt Den­ton said that Floyd’s swear­ing cer­e­mony is still to be de­ter­mined but the county is hope­ful that it will take place be­fore the Novem­ber meet­ing.

Hal Floyd

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