Williams County Commissioner, 66 year old Al Word, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2016.
Word had been circulating nominating petitions and securing signatures for re-election for the past couple of months. On Monday, he simply said he changed his mind. Word then said that he plans to support the candidacy of Scott Lirot (LEE-ROW), a Bryan native. The 52 year old Lirot is a 1981 Bryan High School graduate who has owned Fountain City Ice House for 20 years, and has worked at Chase Brass for 31 years. It would be Lirot’s first attempt at public office. Meanwhile, Lirot was not the only candidate to pull nominating petitions for county commissioner on Monday, according to the Bryan Times. Terry Rummel, of Pioneer, who owns Current Office Solutions in Bryan, also took out petitions, and it was in April when the elections board certified Rodney Miller’s petitions as a candidate for county commissioner. Miller is from West Unity.