The Walton County Board of Education appointed John Jessup to the District 6 seat Tuesday evening to fill the vacant position for the next two years.

Jessup was nominated for the seat by District 7 board member David Breedlove and was confirmed by a unanimous vote by the remaining board members to take the empty seat.

The board interviewed Jessup and another candidate, Bob Gilbert, late last month to fill the empty seat previously held by Gwen Cantrell. Cantrell resigned from the board in April as she was moving out of the district to care for a relative and would not be able to finish her term.

The board moved to appoint a replacement member soon after, first asking for applicants to submit their names to the board, then interviewing the two in June for the seat.

Tuesday night, Jessup was the man chosen for the position and he will serve for the remainder of the term Cantrell was elected to in 2016. He would face election in 2020.

Jessup is a graduate of Loganville High School, a U.S. Army veteran and co-owns a building company in Loganville.

A former accountant, he said at the time of his interview he wanted to “continue a great work” with the aid of the board to keep the Walton County School District thriving.

“I want to see kids be successful,” Jessup said. “I want to see all our schools function at a very high level. I hope I can bring honor, dignity and integrity to the board.”

Jessup will be sworn in before he formally takes the District 6 seat at the Aug. 14 board meeting.

News Editor

Stephen Milligan is the news editor of The Walton Tribune. He lives in Monroe and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

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