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Jury quiet over utility board issue
The woman in charge of the Glynn County grand jury and the man who presides over it are unable to respond to accusations by the county's Republican and Democratic parties that they failed to do their jobs right.

The two political parties claim the grand jury failed to follow the process specified by the legislation expanding the Joint Water and Sewer Board to seven from five members and passed by voters in Glynn County.

The two parties filed a letter of complaint to the District Attorney's office claiming the grand jury did not follow legal procedure designed by state law when it made three appointments to the utility board on Wednesday.

Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson said Friday she is unable to comment on the complaint.

"We're aware of it, and we'll deal with whatever happens," Johnson said. "I can't discuss it."

Glynn County grand jury foreman Wes Gash also declined to comment.

On Nov. 13, Brunswick lawyer Robert Killian delivered a letter on behalf of the Democratic and Republican parties to the grand jury asking it to delay Wednesday's appointments. The parties expressed that House Bill 1271, the legislation setting the utility board changes, requires that all applicants be interviewed by the grand jury.

Instead, only eight finalists were interviewed.

Ron Sadowski, chair of the Glynn County Republican Party, alleged that the finalists were recommended by current members of the utility board. Sadowski said it could take legal action to settle the issue.

The Glynn County grand jury on Wednesday appointed Tony Sammons, Georgia Power regional manager who currently serves on the board, and George Dupuy, a College of Coastal Georgia marketing professor, to one-year terms; and Donald Elliot, a St. Simons Island resident, to a two-year term.

Sammons has held a seat on the board since 2006, when the Brunswick Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission was formed.

The new board that sits in January will include three grand jury appointees, two elected citizens and one member from each the Glynn County Commission and Brunswick City Commission.

Local realtor Ronnie Perry will take one citizen elected seat, and a runoff election on Dec. 4 will decide the second seat between Clifford Adams and Sandy Dean.

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