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Jury sets interviews for utility
Individuals applying to the Glynn County Grand Jury for three of the five citizen seats on the Brunswick Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission will be summoned to the hot seat Oct. 10.

The grand jury will interview candidates during a public meeting at 9 a.m. in the Grand Jury meeting room on the second floor of the Glynn County Courthouse.

A subcommittee will interview the finalists after whittling down the list of 32 applicants to a smaller number, said Thomas Gash, foreman of the September term of the Grand Jury.

"We'll narrow the list down to six or eight applicants for the public interview," Gash said. "Then on (Oct.) 17, we'll receive public comments and eventually vote."

Gash said a subcommittee made up of five members of the Grand Jury will decide and notify the short list in the next few days.

Of the 32 applicants, Gash said he and the committee were surprised to find that the vast majority of applicants very qualified.

"It definitely makes the process hard on us," Gash said.

Besides making the process more cumbersome because of scheduling, the Grand Jury will have an audience during the process.

"I'm not a fan of it, but granted, with the politicizing of this, it's not bad to be as transparent as possible," Gash said, adding that he thinks it brings undue stress on the jury.

House Bill 1271 set the parameters of the new utility board, the interviewing, public comment period and selection, requiring it to be done in open meeting.

After meeting with utility board chairman Clyde Taylor, legal counsel Desiree Watson and County Attorney Aaron Mumford last week, Gash said the subcommittee gained insight to what the board does.

"We were given examples of qualities and learned what you do when you sit on the board," Gash said. "That way we know to ask the right answers as we need a broad range of skills for the job."

The finalists for the position will be selected at 10 a.m. Nov. 21 in the Grand Jury meeting room.

The new board will include a city commissioner and a Glynn County commissioner for a total of seven members. Two other citizen members will be elected from a slate of candidates in the Nov. 6 general election.

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