FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Each year at their first meeting, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners elects three officers, including a chairman.
At the Jan. 2 regular meeting, county commissioners elected R.J. “Pete” Amos as chairman.
“Thank you for all that you’ve done this past year,” said Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills, who made the nomination.
District 4 Commissioner Jones Mills was appointed vice chair and District 2 Commissioner Brian Tam was reappointed secretary.
Amos was elected in 2010 to serve as the District 1 commissioner. His term expires in this year and he has indicated he would like to run for a second term.
The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is made up of five members, each living in a specific district and elected by district to serve four-year terms.
All votes were 4-0, with Commissioner Jim Boff absent because his father is hospitalized.
During the first meeting of the year, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners also voted on its internal rules, which will be in effect throughout the calendar year and meetings.
A vote on intergovernmental agreement will now require a “simple majority,” instead of a “super majority.”
A super majority is when at least four of the five commissioners vote in favor of an item for it to pass. Items that involve an intergovernmental agreement were changed to a simple majority, or three of the five commissioners voting in favor of the intergovernmental agreement for the item to pass.
Also, county staff raised issues that were addressed to the board, including one that pertains to public comments during meetings.
The current language states the Board of Commissioners does not allow public comments from “announced candidates for public office” or salaried members of county staff.
The rule was changed to now allow comments from salaried members of county staff.
“We’ve had members of county staff come before you during public comment and for whatever reason that wasn’t caught,” said Ken Jarrard, county attorney.
Tam said that recently a judge spoke to commissioners.
“That would qualify,” Tam said. “It’s important to hear what they have to say.”