WARNER ROBINS -- The Houston County Board of Commissioners regularly begin meetings by honoring county employees or residents for various contributions, but two people recognized at the Jan. 22 meeting were a little different.
Neither of the honorees in this case were Houston County residents. Brooks Bailey, former sole commissioner of Pulaski County, and James Vaughn, former commission chairman of Monroe County, were honored with resolutions recognizing them for their service and efforts that benefited Houston County.
Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker began the proceedings by explaining why the county thought it important to recognize commissioners from other counties.
The general public doesnt know everything that goes on behind the scenes between different counties that makes it better for all of us, he said. We are able to talk and share common problems and also common solutions.
Bailey served for 12 years before retiring at the end of 2012. Vaughn became commission chairman in 2009 and was defeated in his bid for re-election.
The resolution for Bailey recognized him, among other things, for spearheading the Ocmulgee River Blueway initiative, a joint project to improve river access along a 54-mile stretch that runs through Twiggs, Houston, Bleckley and Pulaski counties.
Vaughn was recognized for his leadership in regional economic development initiatives and for his support of efforts to create a joint communication system for law enforcement in Middle Georgia.
With the unity they have brought to the Middle Georgia region, I can tell you I am going to miss them, Stalnaker said.
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