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Officials' resolutions for new year
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New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, and can be easy to break. Some folks traditionally plan to lose weight and get fit. Others want to carve out more time from busy schedules to spend with loved ones. Although keeping resolutions is a challenge, Liberty County’s leaders and public servants are hopeful and determined to reach their goals and improve themselves and their communities in 2010.
Liberty County Commission Chairman John McIver has set personal and professional goals for the New Year.
“I resolve to devote more time to my family and my church,” McIver said.
He listed three goals he wants to accomplish as a public official in 2010.  
“I will continue to work with the constitutional officers of the county and the department heads to provide service to the citizens in the most efficient and economical way,” the chairman said. “I will work with my fellow commissioners to complete those capital projects that would be funded with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars. And, I will work to build support for the funding of highway improvements locally and regionally.”
Vicki Davis, director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, shared her personal and professional goals for 2010.
“I want to spend more time outdoors enjoying the beautiful nature this community offers,” Davis said. “And, I plan to engage more people in the downtown scene: shoppers, new businesses, developers and event-goers.”
OMI public works manager and county Commissioner Gary Gilliard said, “My resolution is to pray for the strength to endure.”
“My New Year’s resolution is to spend more quality time with family members,” said Sherry Strickland, executive assistant for the city of Hinesville mayor and city manager’s office.
Hinesville Police Chief George Stagmeier simply plans to lose, “a little more weight.”
Anna Phillips, Liberty County’s GIS director, also intends to take better care of her health. Phillips wants to, “lose weight and exercise more.” And, she said, she will “pray for better times ahead for friends, family and country. And work on being the person that God wants me to be.”
Liberty County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Moran indicated he is a family man as well as a lawman.
“I want to spend more time with my granddaughter and, like everybody else, lose some weight and just keep working,” Moran said.
Liberty County Commissioner Marion Stevens Sr. resolved to make “beautiful” Liberty County “a safer and more efficient environmental place to live.”
Stevens promised to continue working alongside his fellow commissioners and county department heads and to, “represent my constituents as I have in the past.”
Stevens said he wants to see several projects “get off the ground” in 2010, like the demolition of the old Liberty Elementary School to make room for the East End Centerplex, which would house a library and swimming pool.
“I hope to see a ribbon cutting on the justice center and a groundbreaking for the DFCS (Department of Family and Children’s Services) facility this year,” he said. “There’s always a continuation for improvement in the community.”
District Attorney Tom Durden said his personal goal for 2010 is to maintain good health, and his professional goal is to maintain his position as DA, representing the residents of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit.
Amelia E. Lee, Next Step Program coordinator, said she will work to serve Liberty County’s needy.
“My New Year’s resolution is that the Next Step Program will strive even harder to provide comprehensive services to the homeless and low-income populations in tandem with other helping agencies and organizations in the community,” Lee said.
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