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Prince re-elected chairman on a 3-2 vote

The typically routine election of a chairman of the Grady County Commission was not routine Tuesday morning as two of the five board members voted against Chairman Ray Prince serving as chairman for 2018.
Prince has served as chairman and T.D. David as vice chairman since the resignation of veteran county commissioner Elwyn Childs in September 2017. At the time of his resignation, Childs was serving as chairman and Prince was vice chairman.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner June Duke-Knight asked why the board was being asked to appoint or reappoint the chairman and vice chairman.
Grady County Clerk Carrie Kines Croy explained that it was tradition, but not law, that at the first meeting of the new year each January the board elects a chairman and vice chairman.
Commissioner LaFaye Copeland said that making a change so soon after Prince took over for Childs could be “chaos” by having to update signature cards at local banks where the county has accounts.
Copeland then offered a motion to reappoint Prince and David as chair and vice chair with Commissioner Duke-Knight seconding the motion. When the vote was called for by the county clerk, Vice Chairman David and Commissioner Keith Moye voted in opposition. Prince was elected chairman on a vote of 3-2 with the chairman joining Copeland and Duke-Knight in voting in favor of him serving as chairman in 2018.

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