Joseph Ellis was named the next Montgomery County Veterans' Service Officer Monday morning.

The Montgomery County Commissioners voted unanimously to name Ellis to the post. Ellis served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971.

"We interviewed seven applicants this past week," Commissioner Phil Bane said.

Commissioner Terry Hockersmith said that all the applicants had good qualifications.

"Someone had to come out on top," he said. "We had some good candidates to interview."

Hockersmith said that while it was the commissioner's decision, they had input from three veterans, one being County Councilman Richard Chastain.

Bane spoke highly of Ellis.

"I think that Joe has a real heart for this job," he said.

Ellis will take over for current Veterans' Service Officer Claude Johnson on Feb. 1. Johnson submitted his resignation to the commissioners in December.

"It's humbling and an honor," Ellis said Monday night. "It's truly an honor to work with the veterans of Montgomery County. I feel honored to have the position."

Ellis said he did not know he was selected until 4 p.m. Monday.

Ellis said that he plans to work with Johnson to learn all the things that Johnson has been doing.

"There are a lot of things (to learn)," he said. "I need to sit down with Claude. My intent is to sit and work with him and pick his brain. I will lean on him heavily. Not just now, but on going."