September 28, 2016 Edition

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Pulliam is new judge

Gretchen Hunt
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The Lawrence County Quorum Court met Tuesday in special session to declare a vacancy and appoint an interim county judge to finish the term left open after the death of Dale Freeman.

Ann Pulliam, who has been serving as county judge since Freeman sustained injuries in a one-vehicle accident in August, was appointed by the justices. The appointment is history-making as Pulliam is the first female county judge in Lawrence County.

She will fill the position until Democratic Party nominee John Thomison takes office on Jan. 1.

After being sworn in by County Clerk Tina Stowers, Pulliam asked the court for approval for Sheriff Jeff Yates to oversee the 911 office through the remainder of her term.

"We can handle it if that's what you want," Yates said.

Justices approved the change, and it was noted that when Thomison takes office in January he may choose to take back that responsibility.

Justice Junior Briner encouraged Pulliam and Thomison to work together closely in the coming months.

"I will do everything I can to help him transition into the job," Pulliam said.

Justice Alex Latham also appealed to his fellow justices to be diligent in the coming months during the budgeting process.

"We have to play heads-up ball," he said. "We have two new county judges. We need to take a long look at all our budgets so there won't be any confusion throughout the year."

Justices expect to have anticipated revenues and budget proposals to begin studying at the next regular meeting.

Following the meeting, Pulliam expressed her appreciation for being appointed to the position.

"I would like to thank the quorum court for giving me the opportunity to serve as county judge for the next three months," she said. "I will continue to work for the good of the county."

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