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Rapid COVID spread poses challenge for new chairman

stancil swearing in

     Kris Stancil (left) was sworn-in by Probate Judge David Lindsey. Stancil’s father Johnny holds his Bible for the ceremony to make his son the commission chair for Pickens County.


When Commission Chair Kris Stancil went into work Monday, his first day as the head of county government, he arrived early but was slowed down trying to recall which of the numerous keys on the massive county keyring opened his office. 

That may have been an appropriate symbol: Instead of moving directly into plans and goals, the commission chair first had to meet with department heads and assess how they were going to keep the doors open in the face of a county staff hard hit by COVID.

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