At one time, McDuffie County Commissioner Paul McCorkle was a sitting member of the Thomson-McDuffie County Industrial Development Authority.
But that is no longer the case.
Mr. McCorkle, who is in his first four-year term as an elected official, recently decided to step down from the position that he was appointed to by fellow commissioners last year. Now the position once held by Mr. McCorkle on the local development authority will be anchored by John Perryman, a local resident, who is retired from Georgia Power Co.
Mr. McCorkle had wanted to serve as an authority member and expressed it to fellow commissioners last year. He was supported by Vice-Chairman Sammie Wilson Sr. and Commissioner Fred Favors.
At the time, it was thought that he would be replacing former Commissioner Darryl Wester, who had served as an authority member.
When commissioners first took action to appoint Mr. McCorkle to the authority, they didn't realize it was a joint appointment -- one that would need the support of Thomson City Council members, too.
At their November monthly meeting, members of city council voted 4-1 to have Mr. Perryman replace Mr. Wester, a local veterinarian. Earlier when commissioners were attempting to decide the same matter, Commissioner Bill Jopling also lent his support to Mr. Perryman. In addition, Commission Chairman Charlie Newton also spoke openly about the matter, saying that Mr. Perryman was an "exceptional" person and deserved to be on the authority because of his vast knowledge and understanding of economic development.
"John Perryman is more qualified to serve on that authority than anyone serving on it right now," Mr. Newton said.
The matter has now been resolved with Mr. McCorkle agreeing to allow Mr. Perryman to take his place on the authority. Mr. McCorkle is expected to be re-appointed to the authority when another vacancy comes open.