Gouge-Dietz sworn in as new commissioner

10:00 am | January 23, 2013

After losing former Commissioner Richard Renfro to retirement in Daytona Beach, Fla., the Carter County Commission voted Tuesday to appoint Bobbie Gouge-Dietz to serve as his replacement.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Commissioners Charlie Bayless and Jo Ann Blankenship welcome Bobbie Gouge-Dietz (right) after she was sworn in as the newest commissioner of the 5th District.

Gouge-Dietz, who has spent the past few years teaching English at Happy Valley High School, said she was honored by her selection.

“I’m honored to be selected,” Gouge-Dietz said. “I hope I can make some decisions that will help us move forward and make a better county.”

A lifelong Carter County resident, Gouge-Dietz spent 35 years working in education. Most recently, she taught English at Happy Valley High School. While presenting her platform to the commission, Gouge-Dietz cited her years of experience in education as some of her qualifications for the position.

“During my time (teaching), I was president of the Carter County Education Association,” Gouge-Dietz said. “Educators from District I elected me to go to Nashville and represent them as their political action person.”

Gouge-Dietz has since retired, but has still found opportunities to continue teaching.

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