Madison County Judge Appoints Commissioner

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A new Madison County commissioner has been named. On Thursday, County Judge Cecil Neely appointed Phillip Grisham to fill the seat vacated by Elsie Farris.

"I'm looking forward to it, you know, it's a good title that I've always looked up to, and I'm proud to be here," Grisham said.

Grisham won the runoff in early April, beating his opponent Jon Stevens. Since there was no republican challenger Grisham was guaranteed the spot in November. Making him an ideal choice for the vacated position.

"We felt it was only proper that we appoint him to that position as I said earlier I called him yesterday and said Phillip you got to go to work and he said I'm ready," Madison County Judge Cecil Neely said.

Elsie Farris resigned Tuesday, following an alleged confrontation at the courthouse. Farris has ignored media contact.

"We love her to death me and my wife and we hate to lose her but we'll still be good friends," Madison County Commissioner Ronald Stanley said.

"No one was very pleased about the resignation and we are sad about that," Judge Neely said.

Grisham will serve the full term. The investigation into alleged allegations surrounding Farris will continue.

District Attorney Bill Bennett says charges against Farris are still pending.