Development Authority of Lowndes County @ LCC 2012 05 07

What’s this Development Authority of Lowndes County (LCDA) and who’s on it? If a voting board member of a board being appointed is on that second board, should he recuse himself? What if he’s one of the people being considered for appointment?

The Lowndes County Commission at its 7 May 2012 Work Session considered 5. Appointments – Lowndes County Development Authority. That’s a completely different board from the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA). You may wonder, what does it do? I wonder that, too.

According to County Manager Joe Pritchard, the County Commission is considering reappointing several people to LCDA.

They are Jerome Tucker, [mumble, mumble, and mumble].

The Commission didn’t give us anything in writing to go by. However, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs tells us:

2012 Directory of Registered Local Government Authorities

Development Authority of Lowndes County

Creation Date: 1/19/1972
Method of Creation: General Statute
Official Citation: 36-62-1
Dependency: Independent
Single or Multi Jurisdictional: Single-Jurisdictional
Members: Lowndes County
William E. Holland, Attorney
Post Office Box 5437
Valdosta, Georgia   31603
Board Members:
Jerome Tucker, Jerome Waters, Carolyn Eager, Crawford Powell, Jeff Reames, Gary Cannon, Buzz Akins

GA DCA does not tell us which board members are appointed by which other board nor when.

Our County Commissioners had no comments and no questions, even though one of them, Crawford Powell, is on the board they are considering appointing people to. He may even be one of the people they are considering appointing. Should he recuse himself this evening when the Commission votes on these appointments?

Here’s the video:

Appointments to Lowndes County Development Authority
Work Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 7 May 2012.
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).