Jeff Corlew chosen to fill Reed’s former Dickson County Commission seat

Jeff Corlew chosen to fill Reed’s former Dickson County Commission seat

Longtime and locally public figure Jeff Corlew was chosen Monday  to represent Dickson County’s District 10, a seat previously occupied by the late Buford “Booty” Reed for nearly three decades.

Corlew, a former mayor of Charlotte, regular anted of public meetings, and the the design leader on several local projects, was chosen by a 6-5 commission vote over George Dufty. 

During the first round of voting, five commissioner chose Corlew and four chose Dufty, with one other commissioner original voting for nominee Jewell Loggins.

Six votes were needed to be chosen for the District 10.

After the second round of voting, Corlew was sworn in during the commission meeting. Corlew will serve until August 2020, which is the next general election.

Born and raised in Charlotte, Corlew was councilman and mayor. After working for various designs and construction companies, Corlew started his own business, C&I Design, in 2001. The business is located in Franklin.

Corlew serves on the county industrial board, the Bank of Dickson Board of Directors, and a 30 year member of the Charlotte Lions Club. 

He talked about all the public meetings he had attended or spoke at.

“I’ve seen how the county commissions work,” said Corlew, “I kind of know the procedures. And what you need to look at, budget-wise and estimate-wise.”

Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial said he appreciated all the nominees’ interest in public office.

“It is important thing to do,” Rial said. “It’s not easy sometimes because someone is going to win, some people will have to face rejection. I hop that doesn’t deter you.”

Rial said there are other committees and places where the county need improvement.

Choosing someone to represent District 10 became necessary when Reed died in June due to a brain tumor and subsequent treatment and complications and surgeries. The commission chambers are now named in Reed’s honor.

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