Knecht becomes newest member of Lee County Board of Commissioners

Jan. 07, 2013 @ 08:15 PM

Andre Knecht, owner of Knecht Chiropractic Center and long-time member of the local Republican Party, was officially sworn in as the newest Lee County Commissioner at Monday's board meeting.

Knecht was nominated by the Lee County GOP Executive Committee to succeed Linda Shook, who announced her resignation from the board in December for a work-related move to Nevada.

"As a small business owner, Knecht understands the economic principles that need to be applied in achieving job growth and overall property," said Lee County GOP Chairman Charles Staley recently told The Herald. "Dr. Knecht is well qualified and prepared to serve the Third District and all of Lee County's residents exceptionally well."

As a member of the board, Knecht has said he will work to create a business-friendly atmosphere in Lee County and keep taxes low.

Knecht, who ran unsuccessfully for the Lee County Board of Commissioners in 2008, has told The Herald he would stick to his conservative values and work hard for his community.

"I learned from my parents how hard it is to make ends meet and wanted to make a difference for them," Knecht said. "Making a better work environment."

Knecht and his family moved to Lee County in 1997 to find a positive community with a family atmosphere, he said.

Lee County Commissioner Chairman Charlie Parks previously said Knecht was a well-spoken man who was willing to research the issues and would catch up quickly.

After the ceremony, the board of commissioners continued its meeting that included a topics such as a strategic economic plan, a funding request from the Lee County Schools for additional securities, and a request from the Town of Broadway for a joint meeting to discuss changing the method of sales tax redistribution. See Wednesday's Herald for a report on the meeting.