Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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January 6, 2011

Tyndal chosen as chairman

Abbeville — With four new Wilcox County commissioners sitting around the table Tuesday morning, Tracy Tyndal was chosen as chairman. Tyndal was elected in the November 2010 general election to represent District 2. He replaces the former chairperson, Clarice Morrison, whom he defeated in the July primary.

David Brown, the only incumbent left after the 2010 elections, was named vice chairman. Alex McBryde, former assistant clerk, will serve the commission as clerk since Hazel Keen has retired.

Local attorney David Morgan was named county attorney; however, the firm of John Croley Jr. in Fitzgerald will be retained on a  limited basis to handle issues that are beyond Morgan’s expertise.

Retained in their positions are Dr. William Cirillo as EMS medical director; Joni Wilson as county health nurse and Larry Brown as Emergency Management Agency director.

Commissioners adopted both Vision and Mission Statements as read by Commissioner Arthur “Huck” Greene. Before reading the statements, Greene asked the public to “please be patient with us as we make decisions for the county. In trying to straighten out the situation we’re in, we must make hard decisions.” Copies of the statements are available in the commission office and will be posted in the Courthouse.

Tyndal said, “we want to be transparent whether our decisions are good or bad.” Communication, he said, is very important. “We want to hear your concerns.”

He promised the publication of a monthly letter to  the citizens of the county and the development of a county website which will provide financial records. The chairman also said Wilcox County will collaborate with other counties whenever possible. “We have to work with other counties as there is power in numbers,” he said.

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia provides many services, and Tyndal said the commission will look at what’s available and decide what will benefit Wilcox County most. “We’re going to do the right thing,” he vowed. “We won’t make bad decisions that we know are bad.”

At another point in the meeting, the chairman added, "it's our duty to do the right thing and make some decisions that should already have been made. We'll make some people mad. Some won't like what we do, but this is business." Referring to the county's financial situation, he said, this is "an absolute train wreck."


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