Emily Howes

Emily Howes

Coffee County Commissioner Emily Howes has resigned.

“I resigned this month, effective July 1,” Howes said. “My family and I are relocating out of the county due to a career move.

“I have enjoyed my time working with the very strong group of commissioners that serve Coffee County. I have learned a lot about county government and have a new appreciation for the time commissioners commit to their constituents.”

Howes was elected in 2018. She represented District 8 and served on the Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority and the Budget and Finance Committee.

“My replacement will be appointed by the full commission,” Howes said. “I believe the commissioners have the best intentions for Coffee County and am confident they will make a good decision in selecting my replacement.”

While she is looking forward to the new chapter of her life, Howes said she and her family will miss the area.

“The move is bittersweet as Manchester will always be home to us,” Howes said. “We hope to return.”

The county has launched the process for her replacement.

County officials received Howe’s resignation letter on June 19.

“Emily sent notification of her resignation on June 19, effective July 1, due to unforeseen change in her job and she’s having to relocate,” said Roxanne Patton, executive administrative assistant for Coffee County.

The next step is placing a notice in the paper informing the public about the open seat.

“In the past we have put a notice in the paper for interested parties from the district of the person leaving to submit information about themselves to our office and attend the appropriate caucus.”

In this case, candidates will attend the rural caucus, added Patton.

“The interested parties will meet with the caucus at their next meeting and the caucus will make a recommendation to the full commission,” Patton said.

The timeline has not been determined yet.

“I’m not sure when this will be done,” Patton said. “I don’t think there is enough time to get it done by the July meeting, and the next meeting will not be until September.”

Every interested person will be given equal opportunity, added Patton.

For more information, contact Patton at 931-723-5100, or visit the Coffee County mayor’s office at 1329 McArthur St., Suite 1, Manchester.