Heckler chosen as county commissioner replacement
Duties start immediately
Following advice given by a District 3 hiring panel, Madison County Commissioners Dan Allhands and Ron Nye have chosen John Heckler to take over where recently retired Commissioner Jim Hart left off.
Madison County Judge A. Suzanne Nellen officiated the swearing-in ceremony at the Nov. 23 regular commission meeting, with Heckler starting his new job immediately.
As Heckler told The Madisonian soon after announcing his interest in the position, this is his first time running for office. He jokes that he talks too much, admits he doesn’t like people who say, “Somebody has to do something,” and quotes a mentor, who told him, “If you don’t know where you’re going when you start, you most likely won’t end up there.”
In his submitted applicant bio, Heckler, who owns the Alley Bistro, the Fish Bowl and the Madison Theatre, stated: “I am running for the position of Madison County Commissioner can be summed up in one word……. CARE. I care about its people, I care about impacts of growth, and most of all, I care about its quality of life.”
Heckler will hold the Ennis-area District 3 position until the end of 2022. If he hopes to retain the position moving forward, he will need to run in the primary elections. Heckler beat out four other candidates: Sabrina Sigourney, Brian Conklin, Michael White and Marc Glines.
The selection committee was comprised of District 3 residents Kristi Ranson, Bob Briggs, Kevin Boltz, Rob Gallentine and Scott Smith.