Decatur Co. Board of Commissioners votes on Rec. Authority, Hospital Authority

Published 10:27 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Decatur County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted on three individuals for the Recreation Authority and submitted three names to be approved by the Hospital Authority at their meeting Tuesday.

Defrance Gurley will serve through Dec. 31, 2016, Jeff Lynn will serve through Dec. 31, 2017, and Brandon Conley will serve through Dec. 31, 2018, on the Recreation Authority.

The appointment of these three authority members comes a week after the City of Bainbridge appointed their three members: Bert Hines, whose term will expire on Dec. 31, 2016, Carol Floyd, whose term will expire Dec. 31, 2017, and Jeff Findley, whose term will expire Dec. 31, 2018.

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“I think they have an invested interest in the county,” Board of Commissioners Chairman Dennis Brinson said about the three members he and the other commissioners chose. “All of them have kids. That’s a plus.”

Brinson said a primary reason for choosing Gurley, Lynn and Conley was their ability to work well with the city’s appointed members.

“That was the main thing, to try to find people who would immediately gel and get this rec authority up and running in somewhat of a success,” Brinson said. “That’s the whole goal. It’s in the service delivery agreement, we know we have to deal with it, so we get people who will work well and will mesh together.”

According to the Recreation Authority Bill, these six members will become active on July 1 and should begin providing recreational services to Decatur County by July 1, 2016.

The Board of Commissioners also unanimously voted to submit a slate of three new names to fill the seat of Joe Livingston on the Hospital Authority. The three names on the list are Billy Poppell, Calveen Rollins and Donald Barber.

Last Tuesday, the Hospital Authority approved County Commissioner Rusty Davis to fill member Johnny Grimsley’s seat. The slate of names to fill Livingston’s seat, which included Sufronia Clark, Pete Stephens and Russell Smith, was rejected.

“I think all three of those names will be a great fit for that board and really move the Hospital Authority farther along,” Brinson said. “I think they will do good.”