It was just a couple of weeks ago when Stan Spivey stepped in to replace his boss and begin his service as the new Garvin County commissioner in District 1.
Now a replacement for Spivey’s old post has come with the appointment of Dwight Marcum as the new first deputy for Spivey and the district. Marcum also serves as the road foreman.
The action came during the regular weekly commissioners’ meeting on Monday — one of the many new things Spivey is getting accustomed to after winning an election late last month allowing him to step in as Kenneth Holden’s replacement.
Holden served as District 1’s commissioner for just over two decades. He decided to step away a little early and retire after June as Spivey will now serve out the remaining two years left on Holden’s term.
Now in the office all the way Spivey said it is taking a little getting used to; although the early going has been fairly smooth.
“It’s different,” Spivey said. “I’m used to being out on the roads not in meetings.
“Still, it’s been going great. So far no real problems.”
With these early days in office Spivey is naturally turning to his experience and his mentor, Holden, to get adjusted to being the new commissioner.
Spivey had served as a county hand in District 1 since 2007 and a road foreman for the past four years.
Earlier this year Holden announced he would be retiring in the summer. Then Spivey won outright a four-candidate race contested during the primary election on June 26. He was sworn into office the following week.
“I’ve learned quite a bit from Kenneth,” Spivey said.
“He still comes by and checks on me. We’re staying in touch, and that’s really helping me right now.”
During Monday’s meeting, only Spivey’s third as a commissioner, he added his crews were busy getting a bridge project started east of Maysville, while also working on a number of other projects in the district.
“We’ve got quite a few projects going right now,” he said.
With Spivey stepping in he joins fellow commissioners Johnny Mann (District 3) and Shon Richardson (District 2).