The Stewart County Commission voted Tuesday night to change its form of government from a commission/county manager to a traditional commission form of government.
The 3-1 decision on a motion by Jimmy Lee means County Manager Mac Moye will lose the job he has held for 18 months on March 1. Commissioner Arcola Scott voted no and the chairman didn't vote.
Still undecided is whether Chairman Joe Lee Williams of Richland will become a full-time commissioner or whether he might give up the chairmanship to another commissioner who would become a full-time chairman. There was no discussion Tuesday on that issue, Moye said Wednesday.
The annual salary of a full-time chairman is $31,938. The standard salary for chairman is $598 a month or $7,176 annually.
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Moye expressed disappointment in the decision, but said he will work with commissioners as needed after his retirement at least until he determines the direction his career will take.
"I certainly have my heart in Stewart County," he said Wednesday. "I want what's good for the county. I would like to have continued on. I had things I was planning and things in process. If they want to go back to this other type government, that's their decision and that's the nature of the political job. I told them I appreciate the opportunity to serve the people of Stewart County and that I encourage the people to support the work of the commission. I will certainly do all I can to further the improvements of the county based on my ability. Until I settle down and determine which direction I am going, I will assist the chairman in any way he or she wants."
Moye said he prefers the commission/county manager form of government because "it properly separates operations of the county from the dynamics of politics. The county has existed being run by a politician for 180 years. I have no reason to believe that will be any different. It will continue to operate and continue to be in good condition. It is now and was when I got here. I've enjoyed this. It's given me opportunity to meet many people I didn't know."