Walter Wilson honored as longtime member of Development Authority of Bibb County

Walter Wilson was recognized Thursday for serving for 32 years on the Development Authority of Bibb County, eight of those years as chairman.

Wilson was given a plaque by the authority, and the members approved a resolution in his honor.

The resolution said in part: “Taking his seat on the board in 1983, Mr. Wilson has actively participated in the issuance of over $195 million in Development Authority revenue bonds for the purpose of financing the cost of acquiring, constructing, installing and equipping any project” as defined by the state when the authority was created.

During his tenure, the authority has been involved with the effort to expand of the boundary of the Ocmulgee National Monument, workforce development projects at Goodwill Industries, The Ronald McDonald House and Georgia Power as well as numerous educational expansion projects at schools including Middle Georgia State and Wesleyan colleges, Mercer University, and Mount de Sales, Covenant, Tattnall Square and Stratford academies.

Wilson retired from Robins Air Force Base in 1987 after 39 years there, according to his resume. In 1989 Wilson was selected to organize the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia. He then served as president of the BBB from 1989 until 2002 and remains as president emeritus.

Also, Wilson served on the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health for 29 years, 12 years as chairman and has served on many other boards in Macon.

Wilson’s current term on the development authority expired April 18, but he will serve until the position has been filled, said Steven Adams, assistant secretary of the authority.

In another matter, the authority selected Starr Purdue to remain as chairwoman, and it selected Kirby Godsey as vice chairman, replacing Wilson in that position.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.