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Long Commission chairman to continue
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Long County Commission Chairman Bobby Walker withdrew his resignation last week, opting instead to stay on as the panel’s leader until Dec. 31. In June, Walker said he was stepping down after questions surfaced about his role in having members of his family employed by the county. In July, he said he would stay on as chairman until the commission’s August meeting. Now Walker says he thinks it would be best for the county if he stuck around.
“With all of the things that we have going on, with the insurance change and everything else, I just felt that it would be better to finish out the year and stay until January,” he said.
Walker said he is involved in several county projects and he wants to wrap them up before leaving office.
 “Right now, I am a part of about 10 different projects and I just think that I need to stay where I am and need to complete them,” he said.
Other Long County Commission business:
• Commissioner David Richardson reported on the Wiregrass E-911 Center’s progress. He said the facility is “up and running” and has nine employees. Regarding E-911 addressing, Walker said senior citizens and disabled residents will not be charged for county-provided address markers.
• Walker said the county received $6,000 from the Georgia Department of Corrections for damages caused by the former Long Pre-Release Center. The money will be used for recreation park repairs.
• On the issue of animal control, Walker said city residents who need to report a stray animal should call the Ludowici Police Department at 545-2222. County residents should call the courthouse at 545-2143. Right now, Walker said, stray animals are being transported to Wayne County, but Long County still is working on an animal control program.
• Commissioners agreed to hire John Worthy for a custodian/maintenance position.
• Commissioners discussed adding a wellness program to benefit county employees.
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