July 19, 2018

BOC presents 25-year service awards

Battalion Chief Jeff Whoric, Heard County Emergency Services, Commission Chair Lee Boone,(back row) Commissioners Larry Hooks, Joe Adams and Gwen Caldwell.

Battalion Chief Jeff Whoric (L) receives a 25-year service award from Commission Chairman Lee Boone.  (Back L-R): Commissioners Larry Hooks, Joe Adams and Gwen Caldwell (Photo: Debbie O’Neal)

(Franklin/Times~Journal) — Heard County Commissioners met on September 27, 2016 for their regular monthly meeting in the Heard County courthouse in Franklin.

Those in attendance were Commission Chair Lee Boone, Commissioners Larry Hooks, Gwen Caldwell and Joe Adams. Commissioners Keri Denney and Larry Hammond were not present due to being out of town attending a commissioner’s class.

The meeting began with the invocation led by Commissioner Larry Hooks and followed with the pledge to the flag.

A Service Award was presented to Darlene Shoemake, Assistant Director of 911 Center, for 25 years of loyal and dedicated service, from August 5, 1991 to August 5, 2016.

Chairman Boone stated, “I feel very comfortable with you over at the 911 Center in Chris’s absence and don’t know what we would do without you. Thank you for your service.”

“Darlene wears so many hats in our department. She not only takes my place when I’m not there and I know everything is fine,” said 911 Director Chris Acosta. “She develops training programs, trains new hires, GCIC tax certified, the one that trains everybody new that walks in and gets them as prepared as they can be to go on the floor as certified mandated 911 dispatchers. I can’t thank her enough for what she does.”

A Service Award was also presented to Jeff Whoric, Battalion Chief with Heard County Emergency Services for 25 years of loyal and dedicated service, from September 26, 1991 to September 26, 2016.

Darlene Shoemake received a 25-year service award from Heard County/911

Darlene Shoemake received a 25-year service award from Heard County/911

As Jeff accepted his award, the chairman and commissioners reminisced on their past service with Jeff, either serving in law enforcement or as EMS alongside of him. Chief Whoric started as a volunteer.

Chairman Boone stated, “Jeff, I commend you on your dedicated and loyal service! Thank you for your service and all you do for the Heard County citizens.”

“Jeff is an integrant part of our management team. He runs one of our three shifts as well as day-to-day operations. He oversees our infectious control program as well as orders supplies,” said Heard County Fire Chief Steve Wirth. “We also use him as a paramedic when one of our ambulances is short-handed. We hope that he will be around for a very long time.”

Invited guest, Renai Brock (new Chamber of Commerce president) introduced herself to the commissioners and gave a brief background of her experience to the board.

Mrs. Brock comes with 15 years of experience. She was raised in Hogansville but still has roots in Heard County. She moved to the North East Georgia Mountains in 96’ and worked with the county government as their Chamber President. She also worked with the Sole Commissioner in Union County to build a Union County Community Center. Recently she has moved back to Heard County and built a home here.

Mrs. Brock stated, “I’m here to stay. I’m here to be a part of this community. I am looking forward to working with all of you and our local community.”

She also thanked Kathy Knowles, new Executive Director of Heard County Development Authority, and Angela Denham, new Executive Director of Heard County of Heard County Community Partnership for doing a phenomenal job on sharing information as well as helping her learn the ropes.

Mrs. Brock said, “Starting October 3rd, even though we are three separate entities you will always see a united front with us. We plan to work together for the betterment of Heard County and their citizens.”

Highlights of the meeting included an approval on a contract for BM&K Construction to begin construction on the new administration building with the cost of $1,870,000.00 to be paid with SPLOST dollars. The completion date is set for May 2017.

The board made a motion to notify the cities in Heard County to have a meeting to discuss each city’s thoughts on excise tax on sale, use, storage or consumption of energy.

Under old business, Boone referred back to the person from County Line Stores who asked about getting liquor sold by the package on the ballot for a vote. Boone stated he had looked into the matter and it is too late for it to be put on the November ballot and it would not be possible until 2018, so no action will be taken at this time.

There were no public comments and the meeting was adjourned.

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