Willis honored for commission service

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Marshall County Commission honored one of its longest serving members on Monday night.

The commission unanimously approved a resolution honoring Phil Willis, who represented Marshall County’s District 8 as a commissioner for 28 years.

“I really enjoyed the 28 years and hope I did something good for the county in some shape, form, or fashion,” Willis said during his remarks.

Commissioner Dean Delk introduced Willis and read the resolution in his honor to the commission, noting Willis’ long service to the county’s residents, especially on several key county committees.

Delk praised Willis for his service, saying that he ”understood his role as a commissioner.”

“He made decisions based on people’s needs,” said Delk.

Several former county commissioners, who had served with Willis, were in attendance at the meeting along with Willis’ family, to pay their respects.

Willis chose not to run for re-election last year after so many years on the board.

“I know everyone is going to keep on ticking,” Willis said to the current commissioners. “Good luck in all that comes.”

In other business, commissioners approved continuing the current policy of allowing retired county employees to pay the premiums and remain on the county employees insurance policy until age 65.

The state required local governments to choose to keep that option for retirees or opt out of the arrangement.

With no cost to the county and no way to opt back into the plan if the county decided to leave, commissioners voted to maintain the current arrangement.

Commissioners also approved a contract with the Williamson County Juvenile Detention Center to house juvenile offenders from Marshall County.

Juveniles cannot be housed in adult facilities per state law and low numbers of offenders in Marshall County make the agreement cost-effective for both counties.

Tribune photo by Scott Pearson

The Marshall County Commission honored former County Commissioner Phil Willis for his service to the county at their monthly meeting on Monday night.

Willis served for 28 years as on the commission from District 8, one of the longest tenures on record. He said that he hoped he’d done some good for the county in his remarks after the resolution honoring him was approved by the commission.