Special to the Journal
Atlanta, GA – Newly elected officers Billy Croker, Chairman (Cedartown), Simon Bloom, Vice Chairman (Atlanta), and Al Hodge, Secretary (Rome) were officially seated during the August 7th meeting of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Board of Directors in Atlanta.
In addition to the new Board officers, the group welcomed new Commissioner Gretchen Corbin to her first meeting of the Board. Recently appointed by Governor Nathan Deal, Commissioner Corbin noted, “Governor Deal’s priority is in creating jobs, and we’re the agency that will help communities meet this challenge by preparing for economic development and providing affordable housing. I am proud and excited to join this team and be a part of that winning effort.”
Commissioner Corbin stated that she was pleased to begin her service “alongside this group of dedicated leaders, who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their new roles.” Outgoing Chair Carolyn Crayton (Macon) was also thanked for her year of leadership as she passed the gavel to new Board Chairman Croker. Mr. Croker noted, “Mrs. Crayton, we are very grateful to have your leadership, both on this Board and serving as our Chair for the past year”. Mrs. Crayton was presented with a plaque recognizing her service.
The DCA Board is made up of 19 members, 14 representing Georgia’s congressional districts, and 5 at-large, all appointed by the Governor. Joining the Board at the August meeting were two newly appointed members, Hugh “Trip” Tollison (Savannah/1st Congressional District) and Chip Mitchell (Grayson/6th District). Reappointed Board members during July are Frank Turner, Jr. (Covington/4th District); Stephan Nygren (Serenbe/13th District); and Joyce Stevens (at-large).