John Green Resigns from County Commission

April 19, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
John Green (Second from Right) Resigns from Commission

Having moved his permanent residence to White County, long time fifth district county commissioner John Green has submitted his resignation.

During the county commission's all-committees meeting Thursday evening, County Mayor Mike Foster informed the commissioners that Green turned in his resignation letter on Monday, April 8.

"I am writing to inform the DeKalb County mayor and county commission that I, John D. Green as of April 8, 2013, am resigning from my current position as fifth district county commissioner, " wrote Green. "As of March 30, 2013 my permanent address has changed to White County," he concluded in the letter.

Green has served on the county commission for eleven years. He was first elected in 2002 and then re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

Foster said the county will advertise for applications from persons in the fifth district interested in filling the unexpired term. The commissioners will interview the applicants and later vote to name a successor. Green's term expires August 31, 2014.

Meanwhile, Foster announced Thursday evening that Chip Cook, the director of the local ambulance service is resigning by May 15. Assistant director Hoyte Hale will be the acting director. The county will advertise the opening, accept applications, and then name a new director.

The county budget committee will begin work on the new 2013-14 spending plan for the county in a meeting on April 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the courthouse. Foster said its hard to plan for the budget right now because officials are still learning about the federal Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) which will have to be implemented by next year and its effect on the county's budget. The county may have to find new money to cover possible increases in county employee health insurance costs which could rise by several hundred thousand dollars.

Still bothered by skeptics among the public opposed to adding more equipment to the fitness center at the county complex, County Mayor Foster Thursday night updated the county commission on the number of people taking advantage of the center and the money it has generated for the county. Foster said that the center has had as many as 1,041 members but that there are currently 979 active members. Since July, 2012, a total of $54,185 has been brought in through the facility at the complex. The monthly expense is about $4,200 so the county is coming out about $12,000 to the good, which would go a long way toward adding more exercise equipment.

The county commission will meet in regular monthly session on Monday night, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse. The agenda is as follows:

Budget amendments/quarterly reports

Discuss DeKalb County Complex

Discuss Ambulance Service

Discuss Commission Vacancy in the 5th District

Discuss Budget and set meetings-Insurance questions for budget

Discuss DeKalb County Cleanup Day/Groups

Any old business properly presented (Folk Dance June 13, 2013)

Notaries.

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