Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Seats open on various boards around the county


By Pat Cooper

Keeping to their promise to open community service positions to the public at large, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners has been busy advertising for interested people for their different authorities, boards, and commissions.
Opening up now are three positions on the Fayette County Hospital Authority. The Fayette County Hospital Authority was established by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners on February 2, 2000 when it was determined that a Hospital Authority would serve the citizens through financing projects as provided by the Hospital Authorities Law. While the Hospital Authority has no operational or oversight authority, it does provide the ability to issue tax-free bonds and is able to offer the hospital a low-cost opportunity for capital funding.
The Fayette County Hospital Authority is comprised of five volunteer members who serve for four-year terms.
Appointments to the Hospital Authority comprise a distinguished blend of business and community leaders willing to serve voluntarily in support of the community through service on the authority. Potential appointees are nominated to the Hospital Authority by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. Upon receiving nominees from the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, the Hospital Authority will either select a nominee or decline the nominee.
Due to the nature of the appointments and the work of the Board, certain qualifications are recommended or required. Pursuant to Georgia Law (O.C.G.A. § 31-7-72(a)): Whenever an appointment to fill a vacancy on the board of any hospital is made, either for an unexpired term or a full term, consideration shall be given as to whether a licensed doctor of medicine or a registered nurse serves on such authority. If no licensed doctor or medicine or registered nurse currently serves on such authority, then consideration shall be given to the nomination and choice of a licensed doctor of medicine or a registered nurse to fill such vacancy.
Other qualifications may include: 1) an ability to work effectively as a team member, 2) Political acumen sufficient to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with diverse groups across the public spectrum, 3) Well-established and proven leadership within the community; 4) Prior experience working with any of the following: a) hospitals and health systems, b) medicine, dentistry, or a related practice of healthcare, c) healthcare consulting or business practice; d) public health departments, e) other groups engaged in efforts to improve health in their communities; 5) Previous service as a board member for business or professional organizations, 6) Financial management skills including budgeting and cost management, and 7) Familiarity of the hospital licensure / regulatory environment.
The Fayette County Board of Commissioners would like to inform all interested and eligible Fayette County citizens that three positions on the Fayette County Hospital Authority are available. The terms for these positions will begin on June 1, 2014 and will expire on May 30, 2018.
The Fayette County Board of Commissioners will be accepting applications with resumes for this position.
Applications can be obtained by contacting Floyd Jones at (770) 305-5102 or at All applications must be returned to Floyd Jones at 140 Stonewall Avenue West, Suite 100, Fayetteville, Georgia by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Next on the list are three open positions on the county’s Public Facilties Authority. Members here are only appointed to one year terms.
Some of the duties of the Public Facilities Authority include, but not limited to, acquisition, construction, equipping, maintaining and operating of buildings and facilities, including facilities constituting a stormwater management system, and to sell or lease any or all properties. The authority meets on an ‘as-needed’ basis, approximately once a year.
Applications can be gotten from Jones at and must be returned by Friday, June 13, by 5 p.m.
One position is also open on the Fayette County Board of Family and Children Services.
The board is an active liaison to the general public and is made up of five volunteers from across the county. Each member is appointed to a five-year term and meets monthly. Regular attendance and active participation is required. The new position will begin on July 1 and expire on June 30, 2019.
Anyone interested can contact Jones for an application, which must be returned by Friday, June 13, by 5 p.m.
There are also two openings on the Fayette County Recreation Commission, which is comprised of five members, appointed to four year terms.
As an advisory board, the recreation commission has no decision-making authority over how county resources are spent, but does make recommendations conerning capital and operational needs.
The commission meets once a month.
One of the two positions os to fill an unexpired term for a member who has departed and which will end on March 16, 2016. The second is a four-year term, beginning June 1 and expiring May 31, 2018.
Applications must be returned by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 13.


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