Scott Burnett To Serve As 2017 Legislative Chairman

Legislative ChairmanScott Burnett assumes the duties of Legislative Chairman for 2017, while Alfred Jordan becomes the Vice Chairman.

"2017, here we go."

With those words, Scott Burnett assumed the duties of Jackson County Legislative Chairman after his colleagues unanimously appointed him to the post during the Legislature's first meeting of the new year Tuesday. Burnett previously served as chair in 2014 and 2009.

"I'm pleased to be chairman again," Burnett said. "I look forward to working with [County Executive] Frank White and his administration on the challenges ahead of us this year."

Alfred Jordan was, likewise, unanimously appointed to serve as the 2017 Vice Chairman.

Making The Public Proud

County Executive White opened Tuesday's meeting by thanking 2016 Chairwoman Crystal Williams and Vice Chairwoman Theresa Galvin for their "hard work and leadership" during the last year. Williams was the first woman to ever serve as the Legislative Chair.

Williams described 2016 as being "a tough year" that included accomplishments in which both the County Legislature and County Executive's Office could take pride — among them passage of a Children's Services Fund and a prescription drug monitoring program, as well as securing a reduction in the cost of health care coverage for county associates.

"I think we showed the public a willingness to do our work in a way that would make them proud," Williams said moments before passing the gavel to Burnett.

Legislator Since 1999

Burnett is currently in his fifth term as the 1st District County Legislator. He was first sworn in in 1999 and won re-elected in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

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Scott Burnett gives 2016 Chair Crystal Williams a hug. She is the first woman to ever serve as the Legislative Chair.