Sumter County Council started the new year by electing new leadership, turning to a former chairman to lead the county’s governing body.
By a 5-to-1 vote during Tuesday’s meeting, the council named Vivian Fleming-McGhaney its new chairman, replacing Naomi Sanders, who declined to seek another term in the council’s top post.
District 4 councilman Charles Edens, the body’s longest serving member, was the lone dissenting vote against Fleming-McGhaney’s election, while District 7 councilman Eugene Baten, himself a former chairman, abstained from the leadership vote.
With Tuesday’s vote, Fleming-McGhaney, a curriculum coordinator with the Sumter School District, returns to a position she recently held. First elected to the council in a 2002 special election, the Lynchburg-area Democrat has previously served three terms as council chairman and came into Tuesday’s meeting serving as vice-chairman for the council.
With Fleming-McGhaney’s promotion, the council turned to District 6 councilman, and the body’s newest member, James McCain, to serve in the secondary position. McCain, who represents the downtown Sumter area, first took office in 2015. Baten opted to abstain from this vote, as well.
Sumter County Council’s next scheduled meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, in council chambers on the third floor of the Sumter County Administration Building, located on Canal Street in downtown Sumter.