Tag Archives: Russell Smith

Alan Thomas appointed new Decatur County administrator

Decatur County commissioners unanimously voted to hire Alan Thomas as the new county administrator at their Tuesday night meeting. Thomas is returning for his second stint as county administrator, having previously served in the role from 1989 to 2005. County commissioners also approved Thomas’ contract, which will pay him a $115,000 annual salary and allot him up to… Read More »

County commissioners to business owner: waste pile has ‘got to go’

Decatur County Commissioners said they won’t wait long for the president of a local business to clean up a mess on property he rents at the Decatur County Industrial Air Park. The business in question is SIPS Team USA, which makes Structural Insulated Panels for use in residential and commercial buildings. SIPS claims its panels are energy efficient,… Read More »

County commissioner criticizes budget, re-appointment of county attorney

Decatur County commissioner Russell Smith voted no on two key decisions that county commissioners had to make at their Tuesday meeting, during which they approved the budget for the county’s 2014-2015 Fiscal Year. Smith was the lone no vote on the county’s annual budget, saying he didn’t feel it was appropriate to budget money for the county-maintained Pines… Read More »

Breaking: Decatur County to transfer ambulance service to Grady EMS of Atlanta

Decatur County Commissioners voted 5-1 Monday night to tentatively transfer operation of the county’s ambulance service to Grady EMS of Atlanta, Ga., pending drafting and approving a contract at a future commissioners’ meeting. Billy Walker, CEO of Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge, spoke at the start of Monday’s special called meeting, asking commissioners not to choose a private EMS… Read More »

County commissioners: we need to work with better with city

Decatur County Commissioner Russell Smith, who called out county officials’ digging up of Bainbridge City Manager Chris Hobby’s  utility bills as a ‘personal attack,’ also said Tuesday night he believed relations between the county and city governments were actually better than they may seem. Before commenting on the need to work together, however, Smith had an impromptu question… Read More »

County commissioners disagree on swipe at Hobby

At the Decatur County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, April 22, Commissioner Russell Smith used his comment time at the end of the meeting to directly ask County Attorney Brown Moseley “Who directs the county attorney to make open records requests?’ The county attorney said he acts at the direction of county commissioners; Smith stated he was… Read More »