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Eight apply for open LCDA seat
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Commission Chairman John McIver - photo by Courier file photo
LCDA candidates:

Don Hartley Sr.
Paul Krebs
Robert Stokes
Carl Blount
Bernard Maley
Neal Jones
John Pirkle
Christopher Jimenez
Eight residents hope to fill the vacant seat on the Liberty County Development Authority left by Graylan Quarterman last month.
Quarterman resigned after commissioners went through five months of questioning whether to grant him a leave of absence. In August he accepted a year-long assignment from the Army Corps of Engineers in Kosovo.
The newly appointed member replacing Quarterman will finish his unexpired term through December 2012.
County commissioners appoint LCDA members after a recommendation from a selection committee made up of commissioners Marion Stevens, Donald Lovette and Connie Thrift.
“Basically, the process is they give us one name and we vote it up or down,” said commission Chairman John McIver.
Commissioners look at applicants’ background and consider what the member would contribute to the authority.
“What we look for is someone with some background in economic development and the interest of the community,” McIver said. “Their expertise in economic development … and occupation-wise –– what they bring.”
Commitment to the position is also “very critical.”
To his knowledge, McIver thought this slate of applicants was the most he has seen.
“It’s good to have people interested and willing to volunteer their time,” he said.
Commissioners stopped accepting applications Feb. 6 and will make the appointment at their next meeting Tuesday.
The LCDA meets at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
The seven-member board was formed in 1958 by state action with the Hinesville mayor and commission chair getting automatic seats.
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