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Lee County Commission re-elects officers to start new year

Rick Muggridge will serve a second year-long term as chairman of the board

Rick Muggridge will serve a second year as chairman of the Lee County Commission following a decision by commissioners at Monday's meeting. (Albany Herald file photo)

Rick Muggridge will serve a second year as chairman of the Lee County Commission following a decision by commissioners at Monday's meeting. (Albany Herald file photo)

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Dennis Roland will serve another year as vice chairman of the Lee County Commission. (Albany Herald file photo)

LEESBURG — Rick Muggridge, who has served one year as chairman of the Lee County Commission, received a vote of confidence from his fellow commissioners Friday when they elected him to a second year in the leadership role.

The same applied to Dennis Roland, who was chosen for another term as vice chairman of the board.

The vote occurred at the start of an all-day planning and goal-setting session.

In other first-of-the-year business, the commission agreed to move up the starting time of its two monthly meetings, which have opened at 6 p.m. They will now begin at 5:30 p.m.

The commission now meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays in the first floor auditorium of the T. Page Tharp building. The commissioners decided to change the location of the first Tuesday work sessions. Those meetings will now be conducted on the second-floor of the Kinchafoonee Conference Center.

The planning session, which was held in Savannah last year, was conducted in-county this year as a cost-saving measure.

County Manager Ron Rabun has been tasked by the commission to find ways to reduce a midyear budget that reflects $286,000 in unbudgeted costs. Those costs include repairs to two fire engines, the expense of eight part-time emergency medical technicians and overtime at the sheriff’s office and jail.