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Official questions appointment process
Glynn County Commissioners approved the appointments of Harold Baxter Jr. and Gary Colberg to the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority at their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday.

The appointment is to a second term for Baxter and to a first term for Colberg, president and chief executive officer of Southeast Georgia Health System.

One commissioner, however, expressed dismay.

Commissioner Bob Coleman said he had no problems with either appointment but doesn't like the process in which it's handled.

"I'm just concerned that another body makes this determination, and then they bring it to us for approval," said Coleman.

The development authority submits names, which the commission can accept or reject. Commissioners cannot nominate someone for appointment of the development authority board.

"I never approved of the appointment process here," Coleman said. "I never liked the way it was done."

Coleman said he is merely seeking answers to questions about the process asked him by constitutents.

Not everyone feels as Coleman does, including Commissioner Clyde Taylor, who said he had no qualms with the appointments.

Taylor noted the development authority is currently in a little state of flux as it looks for a new director.

"With all due respect to Commissioner Coleman's comments, I think it's important for some continuity to exist to provide for the stability of the organization," said Taylor.

The commission approved the appointments in a 5-1-1 vote, with Coleman dissenting and Commission Chairwoman Mary Hunt abstaining.

Voting for it, in addition to Taylor, were commissioners Richard Strickland, Dale Provenzano, Michael Browining and Allen Booker.

The commission also unanimously approved accepting federal and state grant offers to rehabilitate the runway and taxiways at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport.

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