Taylor announces 19 appointments to county government
by Jason Lowrey
Jan 03, 2013 | 2545 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During his first meeting as county commissioner Wednesday morning, Steve Taylor made 19 appointments and reappointments to numerous positions throughout the county government.

Taylor also established his official meeting schedule as the first Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m., which continues the schedule used by former commissioner Clarence Brown.

Within the commissioner’s office, the appointments included Peter Olson to county administrator, Kathy Gill to county clerk, Jo Taylor to chief financial officer, Lane McMillan to assistant county administrator, Debbie Andersen to deputy county clerk and Boyd Pettit to county attorney.

Olson said he was ready to start serving the county.

“I’m excited. I mean, next year is going to be tough budget-wise,” he said. “Things are still ugly economically. It’s exciting to be involved in the county government and lots of forward-looking stuff. I’m looking forward to it.”

On the Department of Family and Children Services Board, Mike Abernathy was appointed to replace Taylor’s wife, Sandra, who stepped down from the position after Taylor’s election. Jody Elrod, who also serves as the Bartow County Schools’s director of transportation, was appointed to replace Cindy Smith.

Taylor believed Abernathy would be a good fit for DFCS. He cited Abernathy’s desire to help the less fortunate within Bartow County and his recent charitable activities as a minister.

Appointments to the Bartow County Resource Recovery Development Authority, which can initiate projects on solid waste, included Rip Conner, Olson, Taylor, Gill and McMillan.

“There’s no activity in it now, but we were advised it’s worth keeping open in case, in the future, we want to do a waste-related project through that mechanism,” Olson said about the authority.

On the Bartow County Board of Tax Assessors, Howard Smith was appointed to replace Bob Mines and Dawn Brock was appointed to replace Keith Taylor.

Bryan Canty was appointed to the Bartow County Planning Commission to replace Wade Morris. Olson said the appointment was an effort to keep diversity within the board.

“I came to Bryan and asked him, because Wade had been the only African-American [on the board], we felt like we’ve got to keep some diversity on the board,” Olson said. “So, as president of New Frontiers, I said, ‘Do you know anybody who might be interested?’ He said, ‘I’d be interested.’ So we thought, you know, old Bryan, he does need another iron in the fire, doesn’t he?”

The final appointments included Paul Newell and Cynthia Wainscott to the Regional Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Board to replace Bill and Bob Poston, respectively. Both of their terms had expired earlier in 2012.

Other commissioner business included:

• Renewing an agreement with Billy Goodwin to perform tax inspections on mobile homes in the county.

• Entering into agreements between the county commissioner and the tax commissioner with Adairsville, Cartersville and Emerson for tax collection. Olson said these agreements were standard procedure for cities that collect property taxes.

• Approving a permanent easement of .109 acres of right of way on state Route 140 to the Department of Transportation for planned road improvements.

• Approving a contract with C.H. Kirkpatrick & Sons Welding Service, Inc., for water system improvements on Bishop Road, Hendrick’s Road and Hawkins Road in the sum of $301,000.

The county commissioner’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center.