The County’s first meeting of 2021 included annual appointments. In his first meeting as District 1 commissioner, Gregory Thomas joined the board in unanimously approving the following reappointments:

Brad Jones, vice chairman; Bryan Aasheim, county administrator; Kendall Gross, county attorney; Kellie Lank, county clerk; Joe Reynolds, EMS director and Jerry Lanier, road superintendent.

In other business of the meeting, commissioners approved a family variance request for a second mobile home on property of John Jenkins.

Commissioners also approved the selection of Duff B. Ayers to serve as public defender and adopted a new timber harvesting ordinance that was modeled by Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG).

The new timber harvesting ordinance repeals the existing ordinance and establishes new guidelines for the community.

As Gross explained, “We’ve had several citizens in Candler County that have been, for lack of a better word, ‘cheated’ by less than scrupulous people. This would be a good way to get and maintain a handle on that.”

Regarding Hospital Authority appointments, Aasheim announced that the Authority has approved the selection of Y’Lonne Hodges to replace William Byrd, whose term expires. However, for the appointment to replace retiring board member Mark Bland, the board voted to submit three more names for consideration for that seat: Susan Steele, Marsha Holloway and Delores Hagins.

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