The Polk County Board of Commissioners, like many boards, has had a longstanding tradition of voting its top vote-getter in the general election chair. Their fifty-year tradition was broken this year, as their top vote-getter was elected neither chair nor vice chair. An article in the Hendersonville Times-News makes it sound as if partisanship was afoot. The three Democrat commissioners outvoted the two Republicans to seat two of their own in the top spots.

The bylaws require a vote, so it is not a crime that the commissioners broke precedent. It just looks a little rude.