The appointments, per the legislation creating the new authority include two city commissioners and two citizen appointments, plus one citizen appointment that alternates between the county and the city, which the county gets to make the first appointment. The city unanimously appointed commissioners Joanne Todd and Dick Morrow to the authority along with Keith Smith and Brett Lavender, who currently serve on the Airport Advisory Board with Morrow.
With the four of five appointments from the county, the new Griffin Spalding County Airport Authority is as follows:
Posts 1-4 are city and county commissioners whose terms coincide with their elected terms. They are Post 1 Raymond Ray, Post 2 Joanne Todd, Post 3 Eddie Freeman and Post 4 Dick Morrow.
Post 5, which expires Dec. 31, 2018, is the one the county had two 2-2 votes on, and will reconsider at its meeting Monday. Current Airport Advisory Board members Larry Johnson and Louis Thacker were each nominated, but each only received two of the three votes required.
Post 6, a city appointment which expires Dec. 31, 2017, is Keith Smith.
Post 7, a county appointment which expires Dec. 31, 2016, is Carl Pruett.
Post 8, a city appointment which expires Dec. 31, 2015, is Brett Lavender.
Post 9, a county appointment which expires Dec. 31, 2014, is Ron Alexander.
Smith, Pruett and Lavender are current members of the Airport Advisory Board. Alexander is a current tenant and business owner at the airport.
Both commissions invited members of the current nine-member Airport Advisory Board to apply for appointment to the new nine-member Airport Authority. Advisory Board member Gerry Bilbro did not apply and of those who applied, Thacker, Johnson and Roger Miller were not appointed, with the county’s final appointment still pending.
By the legislation creating the new Airport Authority, all members must be appointed within 60 days of passage of the legislation, passed the state House and state Senate on April 3 and was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on April 11. After the initial appointments expire, citizen appointments are for six years.
The first meeting of the new Airport Authority, by the legislation, is 10 a.m., July 16, 2012, in the City Courtroom, One Griffin Center, 100 S. Hill St., Griffin. At this organizational meeting, a chairman and secretary-treasurer will be elected for a term to end Dec. 31, 2012. New officers are elected at the first meeting of each year.