The topic at the forefront of this week’s Chatham County Commissioners meeting wasn’t too different from other, recent board of commissioners meetings.

During the public comment section, almost all of those who signed up to speak talked about the Confederate Monument outside the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro.

In all, 52 people signed up to speak on Monday. Only one was there to speak about something other than the monument.

The Chatham Commissioners themselves did not discuss the future of the monument. At their last meeting in April, the board voted 4-1 to ask county attorney Richard Rose to explore the laws surrounding the monument and the possible options for the commissioners moving forward.

After public comments at this week’s meeting, Chatham’s Commissioners voted to appoint Ernie Wilkie as a replacement for former commissioner Walter Petty, who announced his retirement from the board in April.