Stephens County Commissioners appoint a new member to the Stephens County Development Authority.
Tuesday, commissioners unanimously appointed Barry Roberts to the Development Authority to fill the rest of the term of Cam Parker.
Georgia Power transferred Parker from Toccoa to Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro to serve as Area Manager there.
Stephens County Commission Chairman Dean Scarborough said that Roberts will do an excellent job on the Development Authority.
“We do appreciate Cam’s service to the Stephens County Development Authority and Stephens County and we will miss him,” said Scarborough. “Barry will be a great addition to the Development Authority. He has been very active in the Chamber of Commerce and also with the industrial group. He has also been working with this visioning plan that has been out and is doing a good job there, so we know Barry will add a lot to the Development Authority.”
Roberts is the Plant Manager at Global Partitions in Stephens County and also serves as Past Chair of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce board.
In his service as Chairman of the Chamber board in 2011 and 2012, he held a position on the Development Authority board.
Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said the Authority is glad to have Roberts back on its board.
“We thoroughly enjoy working with Barry Roberts and we are absolutely thrilled that he is coming back on board,” said Martin. “He is smart, focused, dedicated, committed to this community, and he has a tremendous amount of skill and enthusiasm.”
In the meantime, Martin said that the county and the Development Authority will miss Parker.
“We are sorely going to miss him,” said Martin of Parker. “He is a genuine, committed individual who loves Toccoa and Stephens County and provided wonderful leadership for us.”
Parker had served as Chairman of the Development Authority. Scarborough said that as Vice-Chairman of the Authority board, he will serve as Chair until the end of the year, with the board then selecting a chair in January.
Elsewhere, the county commission also unanimously re-appointed L.J. Harrison as the county’s public sector member on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission. Scarborough commended Harrison’s service over the past number of years when the re-appointment was submitted.