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December 27--  Toombs County Probate Judge Larry Threlkeld administered oaths of office to two Toombs County Commissioners Thursday morning at the courthouse in Lyons.

tcswearingIncoming Fourth District Commissioner Tommy Rollins (second from left) succeeds two- term Commissioner Jeff McCormick and said, "I just hope I can continue the current progress we have in this county.  I commend the current board of commissioners and I'm just very proud to be part of it.  I want to work with the citizens, I want to work with the board and all of the constitutional officers.  I think we are blessed to live in this wonderful place and I'm just proud to be able to help improve it."

District One Commissioner Alfred Cason is beginning his second term of office, "It's been a very good learning factor.  I've been able to acquire leadership from the board.  I had no idea it took this much thinking and this much work to run the county and make it successful for our citizens."  As for the next four years, "We have a right smart on our plate today.  We're looking at a lot of new things we're planning on expanding for Toombs County and hopefully we can complete it," he said.

tcmccormickbyebyeThe Commission bade farewell to outgoing Commissioner Jeff McCormick at its December meeting.  (L-R) Commissioner Wendell Dixon, Commissioner McCormick and his wife Lisa, Chairman David Sikes and Commissioners Darriel Nobles and Alfred Cason.

Outgoing Commissioner McCormick thanked voters for the opportunity to serve on the county commission, "I thank all of the voters in the Fourth District of Toombs County for the opportunity to serve for eight years, seven of which were as Vice-Chairman, and for the opportunity to work with some amazing guys."

Reflecting on his eight years as a commissioner, McCormick said he was proud the county invested $10 million in the southern part of the county (District 4) during his tenure.

He said he was proud to have led the search committee that hired John Jones as county manager and credits him with modernizing how the commission does business.  Also, McCormick is proud that he and Commissioner Darriel Nobles were able to lead efforts which resulted in a third-party road rating system identifying county roads needing the most attention thereby taking politics out of the prioritization process.

According to McCormick, the county is in good financial shape, has good working relationships with its municipalities and is poised to continue moving forward.  He believes the voters in his district made a wise choice electing his successor, Tommy Rollins, to the Commission.

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