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Wednesday morning, Gary Bechtel took his oath to serve District 3 as a Bibb County commissioner.

Bechtel spent 12 years on the Bibb school board before running for commissioner.

He replaces Elmo Richardson, who decided to retire after a decade on the board.

The four other commissioners Joe Allen, Lonzy Edwards, Bert Bivins, and Chairman Sam Hart returned for the final year of the Bibb County government before consolidation.

Bechtel says he's ready to hit the ground running by tackling the upcoming budget and getting the county ready for the Macon-Bibb merger.

He told 13WMAZ he also plans to run for a commissioners spot in the consolidated government.

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