Mayor Jim Thomas, the city of Hinesville’s elected representative to the Coastal Regional Commission Council, was elected vice chairman at the entity’s May meeting.
Thomas has been a member of the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center board and CRC Council since 2008 and previously held the office of secretary.
Thomas is a retired military officer and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and administration from Saint Leo University. He completed graduate studies in business management at Central Michigan University. He is a trained and experienced engineering project manager.
“Mayor Thomas is an outstanding council member with excellent leadership skills,” CRC Executive Director Allen Burns said. “I am pleased that the council recognized this and elected him as vice chairman.”
Bulloch County Commissioner Walter Gibson was elected chairman, and McIntosh County nonpublic representative Jason Coley was elected secretary. The two-year term of office for these officers begins July 1.
The CRC has served Coastal Georgia’s cities and counties since 1964 and provides a wide array of services, including land-use planning, local government services, transportation planning, economic development, grant writing and services for the elderly.