ECTOR COUNTY - A new Ector County Commissioner was appointed on Monday morning.
Judge Susan Redford appointed Eddy Shelton as Precinct 1 Commissioner.
Shelton will take over for Freddie Gardner who passed away back in September.
Shelton, a native Odessan and businessman, received numerous letters of recommendation for the position including that of Gardner himself before he passed away.
He says he's honored to take over the position of his long-time friend.
“You know it wasn't something that I was going after. It was something that Freddie and I had talked about in passing, like, "hey, that would be something I look forward to doing when the time came." But I didn't think that the time would come so soon and maybe he was devising a plan,” Shelton said.
Shelton will take over for the rest of Gardner's term which will run through December 31, 2016.