Middleton Named to Blythewood Planning Commission

Ernestine Middleton

At its regular monthly meeting Monday, Blythewood Town Council appointed Ernestine Middleton to the Planning Commission seat vacated on Aug. 6 by Neil McLean who resigned with 2-1/2 years left on his term.

The appointment was made with no public solicitation by Town Hall for applicants for the seat.

According to the town’s statute, Title XV, Chapter 150.02, (B) and (D): “Open solicitation for Commission members shall begin no less than 30 days prior to the Town Council meeting during which an appointment, or appointments, are to be made . . . A vacancy may be filled at any Council meeting providing that open solicitation began no less than 30 days prior to the Council meeting during which an appointment, or appointments, are to be made.”

Middleton, who served on the Commission a short period of time several years ago, said she was offered the seat by a Town Hall official.

Middleton, who lives in Lake Ashley, was Director of Internal Operations for the S.C. Lottery from 2001-2009 and then served 2-1/2 years as the Vice President of Administration for the Arkansas Lottery before returning to Blythewood last fall. She ran unsuccessfully for town council last winter and currently serves on the Mayor’s Park Committee.