Since former board member Gannon Hall’s announcement in December that he would be stepping down from the Tift County Board (District 3), his seat has remained open. This week, the board approved Tuesday night the appointment of Tom Coogle to serve the remainder of Hall’s term.
Board members, in hopes of finding a qualified candidate, had expressed during their meetings that they were actively and diligently looking to replace the board vacancy.
Vice Chairman John Smith, who led the meeting in the absence of Chairwoman Kim Rutland, said he was informed by Rutland that she needed to meet with him and a potential person that they had selected to fill the District 3 seat.
He said Coogle wants the opportunity to serve and will officially be sworn in during an upcoming called meeting.
During the meeting, Smith asked him to take his seat at the board table. He noted he could be a part of the meeting but not vote on any items.
Coogle said he was anxious to get started because while sitting in the audience, he had actually voted. Everyone laughed.
“I’m honored that you all have asked me to do this,” he said. “I promise you I’ll bleed blue and do the best that I can for us.”
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