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Public ratifies change

Friday, November 9, 2007

Brooke Ninemire

Staff Writer

Last Thursday Fulton County officials came together and made a major change with no opposition from the public.

Nov. 1 Johnny Moody and Gary Phillips with the Fulton County Election Commission signed papers to revise the county's 12 different townships into one -- Fulton County Township One.

Though the reorganization appears to have little affect since JP positions and voting precincts will remain the same, the change will be most evident on the county's 2008 ballots.

Because the county was reorganized into one township, Fulton County will likewise have only one constable position.

According to election commission Chairman Johnny Moody, the change was made in order to save the county money.

Earlier this year a number of new guidelines were added to the constable position including a specific uniform, vehicle and over a combined 160 hours of mandatory training in law enforcement, firearm safety, racial sensitivity and constable certification courses.

Prior to these amended requirements, a constable could be elected and serve as long as he or she had no criminal record and lived within the township in which they were elected.

Moody said though the changes will likely improve the efficiency of constables, they will also generate unnecessary expenses for the county. He said revising the townships was the most practical move for Fulton County.

The new, revised township will be recognized as of Jan. 1, 2008, according to the petition filed by the election committee Oct. 18.


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