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New faces join county commission
Three new Glynn County Commission members and one returning member took their oaths of office at a ceremony in the Historic Courthouse in Brunswick Thursday.

New commissioners Allen Booker and Mike Browning were sworn into office by Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley, while Dale Provenzano and Bob Coleman, who is returning for a second four-year term, received their oaths from Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett.

The judges asked the commissioners to take their oaths individually, while family members, supporters and others in the audience looked on. After the oaths were taken, each commissioner received an enthusiastic round of applause from the audience.

Browning thanked county staff for helping him prepare for his duties as an elected official.

"The county staff has been remarkable getting us on board," Browning said. "It has been enlightening. I look forward to working with you in the years ahead."

Booker thanked his family, church and supporters for the opportunity to serve.

"I may not always make the perfect decision, but I'll try to make the best decision for all," he said.

Provenzano said his interactions with commissioners currently serving gives him confidence.

"We'll be able to do a lot of good things for Glynn County," he said.

Coleman said he is prepared to meet the challenges facing the county the next four years.

"The last four years have given me various kinds of experience," he said. "I look forward to working with the new commissioners."

The first order of business after the swearing in ceremony was the election of a chairman and vice chairman for the calendar year. Commissioner Mary Hunt was named chair and Provenzano vice chair in unanimous votes by fellow commissioners.

After the chair and vice chair were named, the commission held a brief reception before returning to the chamber to conduct more county business.

Hunt, a the new chairman, made commission appointments to boards and committees such as the Board of Health, Coastal Regional Commission, Finance Committee, Tourism Bureau and Water Resources Protection Committee.

One of those appointments was Provenzano as the county's representative to the newly reconfigured Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission.

Appointments were also made by commissioners to the mainland and Islands planning commissions.

Tom Boland, Bill Brunson, John Williams and Eddie Wildsmith were appointed to the Mainland Planning Commission. Preston Kirkendall, Robert Ussery, William Lawrence and Oliver Seabolt were appointed to the Islands Planning Committee.

The terms for planning committees will begin immediately and expire Dec. 31, 2016.

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