At least one of the seats on the Effingham County commission will be contested this spring.
Former Rincon city manager Wesley Corbitt announced his intention to run for the chairman’s post, currently held by Wendall Kessler. Kessler has indicated he will seek re-election.
“Though I have chosen to step out of the role as Rincon’s city manager, my desire to serve and positively impact our community has not lessened,” Corbitt said in a text message announcing his candidacy. “I believe the relationships and experiences built over 35 years in Effingham in private business, ministry and management, including working with every local government in Effingham and many others surrounding our county, and working with our state officials should be put to use in continued service. My desire coupled with these relationships and experiences should serve well in building the spirit of cooperation between commissioners, council members and with state officials needed in a community of rapid growth and change.”
Corbitt resigned as city manager late last month and his last official day on the job was Feb. 5. A certified public accountant who left private practice to become the city’s finance officer, Corbitt was named city manager in March 2013. He had been the interim city manager since December 2011. He acknowledged in his letter of resignation that working together with the council had become more difficult.
Rincon has appointed former city clerk Wanda Simmons to serve as the interim city manager.
A homebuilder in Effingham, Bryan and Chatham counties, Kessler won election in 2012 with 63 percent of the vote. He had not sought office before running in 2012 and served on the county’s board of equalization.
Qualifying for county offices will be held March 7-11, beginning at 9 a.m. that Monday and ending at noon that Friday. Qualifying fees for commission chairman are $499.45.