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Council changes appointments
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Although the biggest change made by Hinesville's new city council during its Jan. 17 meeting was appointing juvenile court Judge Linnie Darden as the city attorney, it was not the only change made by councilmembers.
Based on the recommendation of Mayor Jim Thomas, the council unanimously agreed to select longtime councilman Charles Frasier as the city's new mayor pro tempore, relieving councilman David Anderson from the position he held for the last eight years.
Thomas said his recommendation is part of a strategy to rotate the position among city councilmembers each year throughout his four-year tenure, in order of seniority on the council, to share the responsibility between members.
And to further the sharing of responsibility within the council, Thomas announced his administration will also include six-month, alternating committee assignments.
The first set of assignments, effective Jan. 1 through June 30, include Anderson on the administration committee, Frasier on the planning and zoning committee, Keith Jenkins on the Hinesville Police Department committee, Bobby Ryon on the Hinesville Fire Department committee and Kenneth Shaw on the public works committee.
Additionally, Ryon was chosen to serve alongside Thomas on the Hinesville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Despite the number of changes made, however, two positions remained unchanged; Gary Sinrich was reappointed municipal court judge and Brian Smith was reappointed to the Liberty County Development Authority.
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