The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors has set a special election for Cherokee County Attorney for Tuesday, July 17.
A petition calling for the special election had been submitted to the Cherokee County Auditor's Office on June 1.
Nomination petitions are due at the auditor's office by the close of the business day on Friday, June 22. Each nomination petition should have a minimum of 88 signatures. More is recommended to compensate for possible errors or ineligible signers.
As of Jan. 1, the office of county attorney went from a half-time position to a full-time position. The supervisors set a salary of $55,000 for the full-time position but nobody sought a party nomination or filed a petition as an independent to be on the November ballot.
The supervisors advertised for the position and negotiated a salary of $90,000 (erroneously reported earlier as $92,000) with Jamie Bowers. Bowers subsequently announced his resignation but agreed to stay on until his position was filled.
The supervisors again advertised for the position and hired James Tiernan, a less experienced attorney, at a salary of $70,000.
One of the organizers of the petition drive for the special election said that the supervisors chose an out of county applicant over a life-long Cherokee County resident who had applied for the position.
The auditor's office estimates that the special election will cost between $5,000 and $10,000.