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Watford, Potts retain chairman, vice chairman positions


By David Bodenheimer
The Dispatch

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.


Davidson County commissioners re-elected Sam Watford as board chairman for 2012 and also voted to keep board vice chairman Larry Potts in that role for another year.

The unanimous decisions came Thursday morning at the board's monthly informational meeting.


Watford, in the middle of his third term as a county commissioner, was the only nominee for board chairman. He will start the new year as chairman for the second consecutive year.

Watford said he appreciated the board's confidence in him to lead the group and added he is looking forward to another year at the helm.


"We've got a good bunch of people," he said of his fellow commissioners. "We all seem to get along pretty well, and that makes a big difference. We were pretty forward when we tried to work things out, and I'll continue to work at it."


Potts was elected to his fourth term as vice chairman. Like Watford, he, too, was the only nomination by commissioners for the seat.


"I think at this point we felt like the board was running smoothly," Potts said. "I'm fine with it, and if I hadn't been elected, I would have been fine with it. It doesn't change my vote or my effectiveness either way."


Potts is also a former eight-term chairman of the board and can easily fill in as chairman whenever needed, Watford said.


David Bodenheimer can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 227, or at david.bodenheimer@the-dispatch.com

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