GREENWOOD — Greenwood County Council split between two candidates for chairman Wednesday night in its regular meeting at the Greenwood County Library and decided to postpone the election of officers until the entire council is present.
The deadlock took place when one of the newest County Council members, Steve Brown, was not able to attend Wednesday’s session for health reasons.
Acting County Attorney Stephen Baggett presided over the election for chairman and County Council member Chuck Moates immediately nominated incumbent County Council Chairman Robbie Templeton to continue serving.
Moates cited several qualifications that a council chairman should have and said Templeton meets those criteria. “The office of chairman is important in the life of the county,” Moates said.
Another new County Council member, Bob Fisher, asked if the list shared by Moates is recorded somewhere by the county. “That’s just my opinion,” Moates said.
County Council member Edith Childs nominated fellow County Council member Mark Allison for the chairmanship.
Baggett put both nominations to a vote and both failed because of a tie.
Moates, Templeton and County Council member Gonza Bryant voted in favor of Templeton being re-elected, while Allison, Childs and Fisher voted against.
Allison, Childs and Fisher voted in favor of electing Allison as chairman, while Bryant, Moates and Templeton voted against.
Baggett said the vote for chairman would have to be postponed. He turned the meeting back over to Templeton, who will continue to serve until a new chairman is elected.
Allison questioned whether council could move forward with a vote for vice chairman when it has not elected a chairman.
Baggett said the ordinance allows council to go ahead, but Bryant made a motion to postpose the elections for chairman and vice chairman until the entire council is present.
The motion passed unanimously.