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Bell to chair commission

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By Lou Elliott Jones

Levy County Commission Chair Danny Stevens of Williston is yielding the gavel after two years in the center seat to Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland.

Bell (R-District 4, including Cedar Key) was unanimously elected by the commission after swift action by Commissioner John Meeks of Bronson (R-District 1) to nominate Bell and a second and motion to close the nominations by current Vice Chair Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland (R-District 2). 

The vote then turned to the vice chairman's position and Bell got his payback by nominating Johnson. The motion was immediately seconded by Meeks and the vote was also unanimous.  “Always the bridesmaid,” Johnson said. 

They will take office with the first meeting in 2013 at 9 a.m. on Jan. 8.