LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. - A Florence Police Officer has been tapped to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Lauderdale County Commission. Governor Bentley made the decision after interviews with several candidates.
With the appointment this week, the Lauderdale County Commission will take on a different look.
For the first time in history, the commission will be made up of all Republicans.
“I’m nervous, but I think it’s a nervous excitement,” explained Lauderdale County Commission Appointee Brad Holmes.
Holmes, a Sergeant with Florence Police, will be taking the oath of office to fill Danny Pettus’ District One spot.
Pettus was just elected the at large position of Chairman, and must give up his seat.
“It’s a humbling experience,” stated Holmes. “The Lord puts you in places for a reason and I’m just so thankful to have this opportunity and I look forward to working for the citizens of Lauderdale County.”
Despite such a historic moment for the commission, Holmes said they must work for the residents of Lauderdale County, no matter what party they support.
“I think it’s important that Republicans, Democrats, Independents, or whomever you choose, has a voice and I hope to continue to move forward with that,” said Holmes. “A lot of what is going on within the Republican Party has led to that and we’ve seen an outcry from the community, they want equal representation.”
Holmes will serve the remaining two years of Danny Pettus’ term on the County Commission. District One covers all of eastern Lauderdale County.
Both will be sworn into office on Wednesday.