Morgan County officially has a new council member as of 9:00 am Monday morning. Don Matthews was sworn in as the replacement for David Gardiner for District Five by Stacy Lafitte, county clerk. Gardiner recently resigned from the position when he moved out of the county.
The council appointed Matthews to fill the remainder of Gardiner’s term that runs through the end of this year.
Gardiner and Austin Turner are the two candidates running in the November election to replace Gardiner. They were also the only two applicants who filed with the signatures necessary.
Matthews will begin serving immediately in his assignments for the county, which include the airport, community services, and human services. His first council meeting will be on July 20.