Dillon swears in new council member, looks to fill second vacancy
Brad Bailey was sworn in as Dillon’s new town council member on Tuesday night, filling a vacancy left by Erik Jacobsen when he moved out of the county last month. Bailey is no stranger to the town, having served as chairman of Dillon’s Planning and Zoning Commission until he accepted the new position.
“After all those years of experience on planning in Dillon, I felt comfortable and knowledgeable enough to apply for the position,” he said. “I don’t just want to be a wallflower there; I’d like to be able to contribute, help out and assist them in any way that might be appropriate.”
Having lived in Dillon for 14 years, he worked for planning and zoning for nearly 10 years, with experience as a builder, contractor and architect. He plans to use his talents to aid the town in revitalizing Dillon’s downtown core, bringing in new businesses and restructuring problems in platting that stem from when the town was first designed.
“One of my personal goals to see if we can correct some of those platting issues,” he said. “I want to see if we can create a much more viable, livable, lovely place that has a pulse.”
Dillon Mayor Kevin Burns said he thought Bailey would be a good fit, noting his background with Dillon’s Planning and Zoning Commission and Cemetery Advisory Committee.
“It’s always nice when you get an applicant who is as well qualified as Brad,” Burns said. “With his own professional background in construction and architecture, I think Brad’s going to bring a pretty fresh perspective to the town.”
In addition, Dillon will look to fill a vacancy left by councilwoman Terry King, as she plans to move back to Mississippi. The town will accept applications to fill the vacancy until Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. and will look to appoint a new member after interviews. Both Bailey and the second applicant will serve the remainder of the term until April 2016, where they may choose to go up for reelection.
Dillon also said goodbye to a long-standing member of the town — Jan Thomas, who is looking to retire in Arizona after working as town clerk since 1997.
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