It looks like there have been a couple of real Kumbaya moments as the Chairman and Commissioner Bell took their leave from the Hall County BOC. However, my favorite has to be the love fest shown for the Chairman by the Times.
It wasn’t all that long ago when the Chairman admitted to “authorizing payments to a consultant without board approval.” Or did you forget when Oliver and Commissioner Powell engaged in a business adventure together? Or how about the letter the Chairman signed allowing for trash to come up from Atlanta when he has railed against trash from Atlanta?
Come January we get a new leader at the BOC. Yep, he’s a former Sheriff with just a few skeletons of his own (or so I have been told), although the distance of time may have them buried. Fortunately, Sheriff Mecum served before the internet age, so there isn’t anything that can be easily found. Basically, Mecum was elected because he was not Oliver. In his coming out, he basically said that he “could see there are some serious issues that need to be addressed….”, and “there needs to be some changes made in the way Hall County is being governed”. Wow, that was deep. He did, however, receive the Good Housekeeping seal of approval from the former GOP chair.
And into the Gainesville mix comes Jeff Stowe of the don’t annex MY island fame. Incoming Commissioner is also apparently upset with decisions being made. While he doesn’t address the issues on his web site, apparently he got tweaked when the previous new comers, Lutz and Gibbs, teamed up with Bell to make some changes in the administration. Stowe will be an unknown.
Overall, the new board will be older. With Commissioner Bell leaving, Jeff Stowe will add a few more years of age to the fourth district, and Chairman Mecum will have a few years on Chairman Oliver. Sometimes age can be a benefit and I hope that it is in our case. You may ask why age would be a factor, it might lead to coalitions. With Gibbs, Stowe, and Lutz all in their mid 40’s you might see some coalescing. The outgoing Commissioner, Bell, was only in his early 30’s and might have had some significant generational differences. With Powell in his mid 50’s and Mecum in his 70’s, there might be some significant generation differences in dealing with the young bucks on the board. I guess we will have to see.