Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown, sits in his basement office at the Clay County Courthouse.
Being available to answer the questions and problems of citizens was a huge part of Charlie Brown's campaign platform when he ran for Clay County Commissioner in 2004.
It is a platform he vowed to continue when he took the reigns of the commissioner board president in January.
"I'm honored that citizens put their trust and faith in me when they elected me as commissioner, and I'm really honored that Dave (Parr) and Daryl (Andrews) elected me to this office (of president). All three of us have a good working relationship and are very respectful to each other," he told The Brazil Times. "I've always wanted to give back to this community. This is a great place to grow up, live and work in. It's very important to me to be given this opportunity and I don't take it lightly."
Being a commissioner is considered a part-time job, but Brown treats it as a full-time commitment. He's made himself available to the public during business hours at an office in the basement of the courthouse. When not there, he's only a phone call away from concerned citizens with his cell phone number posted on the door.
"When someone has a problem, whether I can help or not, it helps sometimes just to be able to talk to someone, to air their grievance," he said.
Brown said that being good stewards with the county's money while maintaining the county's physical assets is important, especially with the construction of the new jail facility.
"I give credit to all those people who started this project and worked all the way through to today to make this happen," he said of the amount of time and effort put into the project. "It's a very practical facility that looks great. I think the public will be impressed when they get to take a look during the Open House on February 19th."
Although frustrating at times, the project has provided some humorous moments as well.
"Like any large project, when you're finishing, you find lots of little things in the last minute that you know you need, but just didn't think of," he said. "It's kind of funny to realize you need mops and buckets to clean the floors and think, 'Why didn't anyone think of that before now?'"
With the jail due to be up and running within the next few weeks, Brown said the commissioners will turn their attention to new matters.
"I'm looking forward to stopping the policy of quick fixes and creating viable solutions to problems around the county," he said. "We'll soon begin creating a long-term maintenance plan for work on county roads and ditching problems, which is always a concern."