Houston County Commissioner Announces Retirement

A local long-time public servant is calling it quits. When Wylie Yelverton was sworn into office in January of 1987, he became the first African-American to serve on the Houston County Commission.

Yelverton has represented the people of District 1 since that time. The 76-year-old is in the middle of his fifth term, but on Monday he said its time to retire. Yelverton says both his wife and his doctor have encouraged him to retire, and he says he’s going to take their advice. Yelverton's retirement becomes effective August 1.

Houston County Probate Judge Luke Cooley says the vacancy created by Commissioner Yelverton's retirement will be filled by the electoral process. She says she hopes to schedule primaries for the District 1 seat during the November general election. A special election to choose Yelverton's successor could then be held in January 2005.

Until that time, Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver says the people of District 1 can call his office if they need assistance. Houston County Commissioners are still drafting a bill to set guidelines for voters to fill all future County Commission vacancies.