Loren Echols

Loren Echols

Members of the Sumner County Commission will likely vote in November to fill a vacancy on the 24-member body following the recent resignation of District 7 Comm. Loren Echols. 

Echols, who was elected to her first four-year term in 2018, announced she was stepping down effective immediately at the end of the Sept. 21 County Commission meeting because she had bought a home outside of her district.

“My two years of service have given me some valuable lessons on the nature of public service and I will continue to hold this body and those that serve with high regard as a private citizen,” she said in her resignation letter. “I appreciate the trust of those citizens that supported and elected me to this office and regret that I was unable to fulfill my commitment to them, but trust that another individual that values the needs of the citizens of District 7 and the future of Sumner County will be able to fill the vacancy left by my departure with a renewed energy.”

District 7 encompasses the portion of Hendersonville bounded by Main Street to the south and Long Hollow Pike to the north and New Shackle Island Road to the west and Saundersville Road to the east.  

Gene Rhodes, the other District 7 commissioner, was also elected in 2018.

County Law Director Leah May Dennen said the commission would likely discuss how it will fill the vacancy at the Oct. 20 County Commission meeting and will vote to fill the seat in November.

Anyone wishing to apply may do so by sending a cover letter and/or resume to Dennen’s office at 355 N. Belvedere Drive, Gallatin, TN 37066.

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