FRANKFORT, Ind. – Receiving the majority of 32-votes cast during the Saturday, February 5, Republican Caucus held at the Neighborhood Center, retired-business-man and previous commissioner Bert Weaver was sworn-in today at 10 a.m. in the Clerk’s Office of the Clinton County Courthouse as the next District 1 Commissioner. Weaver joins commissioners Jordan Brewer and Josh Uitts on the three-panel board.
Weaver replaces Mark Timmons who resigned after serving just over 1-year of the 4-year term when he moved outside of district 1. Weaver will serve the remainder of the term.
In addition to Weaver, three others sought the open commissioner seat: Michael Dickerson, Matt Neal, and Brent Snyder.
Weaver shared his thoughts on Saturday after the win.
“I look forward to working with the other two younger men. I think maybe because of my seniority and age, maybe we will make a good blend, so I look forward to working with them.
“And, I also look forward to working with the department heads in the various departments again. I was able, in the last term, to develop a good relationship with most of the people in the departments and they taught me a lot. I look forward to using some of that education to continue our growth in our county.“
Weaver spoke about previously serving the community as a commissioner from 2012 through 2016 and what he learned then that will be an advantage now and going forward.
“I had always been in business and never was a politician so it was a hard adjustment for me the first year or two in that there are so many different functions within the county that it is not like running a business.
“In the business world, I was able and in the position where I made the decision myself. So, I saw a good idea, I went and did those things. Well, in politics it takes a community to do that and you need to have support and communication with a lot of people.
“So I think an advantage is just that – we need to work on our communication. I feel like I am a good communicator. (In my previous term) we were able to build ConAgra and bring it here, we were able to negotiate St. Vincent’s exit and at the same time build a new hospital. Those were great things for our community. Those kinds of things took a lot of collaboration, a lot of work, and effort. It wasn’t one person – it wasn’t myself – but through a group of two or three or four people, we were able to accomplish it.
“The old saying, ‘it takes a community to raise a child.’ Well, it takes a community to go forward in politics.”
The next commissioners meeting will take place Monday, February 14 at 9:00 a.m. in the Clinton County Courthouse.