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Jonathan Law 

JASPER — A familiar face will serve as Hamilton County’s new code enforcement officer.

At its Nov. 19 meeting, the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners approved hiring Jonathan Law to serve in that role. Law is also the county’s Veterans Service Officer.

Law was the top candidate following the interviews during the selection process, emerging ahead of two other candidates, including Shonda Werts — White Springs’ code enforcement officer.

The board followed the selection committee’s recommendation, approving Law by a 3-1 vote with District 2 Commissioner Josh Smith dissenting due to his lack of experience with code enforcement.

Law’s start date was effective Nov. 20.

The board also approved a new chairman and vice chairman during the meeting with Robert Brown appointed the new board chair, taking over for Smith. Randy Ogburn was unanimously approved as the new vice chair.

Both Brown, who represents District 3 and had served as vice chair, and Ogburn, the District 4 commissioner, have served multiple terms on the board.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the chair on the county commission,” Smith said., adding he believes both Brown and Ogburn will serve the county well.

Samantha Prueter, president of the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce, told the board that the Sweets n the Streets festival will take place Dec. 14 from noon to 8 p.m., with the parade taking place at 6 p.m. There will be a contest and judging of the various floats, golf carts, and entries into the parade.

The Chamber has waived vendor fees for the event in an effort to attract business to Hamilton County. The Chamber will instead be accepting donations in lieu of vendor fees. There will also be a storefront decorating contest for Hamilton County businesses located downtown so as to encourage participation and business attraction in the community. Prueter said any businesses that interested in participating can contact the Chamber in regards to any of these events.

Smith asked, and the board agreed, if county staff could look at the speed bumps placed in the roadway at Gibson Park. Smith said he was not satisfied with the new speed bumps.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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