Citizen Boards & Authorities

Citizens have numerous opportunities to serve the community through various boards, commissions, and authorities. If you have an interest in serving on a citizen board or authority, please complete the request form here.

For information about Thomasville's boards, commissions and authorities, please contact the City Manager's office at (229) 227-6987.


Airport Advisory Board

Board Members Term Expires
Mark NeSmith 12/31/2019
Wilson Carraway 12/31/2020
Marty Willis 12/31/2020
Dudley Lewis 12/31/2020
Charles Gainey 12/31/2021
Mayor Pro-Tem Terry Scott Concurrent with Office

The Airport Advisory Board is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council on matters of operations, safety and

policy that affect the commercial and private users of the Thomasville Regional Airport. This board assists in insuring concerns of airport users are communicated to the City and likewise that information regarding City plans and programs are disseminated among all commercial and private users.

Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of every other month. This Board consists of six members. The members each serve a four-year term and are limited to two consecutive terms.

  • 2 locally elected officials
  • 2 commercial airport users
  • 2 hangar lessors

Architectural Review & Zoning Appeals (ARZA) Board

Board Members Term Expires
Carol Biggs 12/13/2018
Alison Knox 12/31/2018
Royal Baker 12/31/2019
Janet Liles 12/31/2020
Mark Parker 12/31/2020

Members should be committed to historic preservation and the overall appearance of the downtown Thomasville area.

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. This Board consists of five members, each serving a three-year term.


Building Contractors Examining Board

Board Members Term Expires
Ray Finger 12/31/2018
David Dunn 12/31/2019
Brad Hinson 12/31/2020

The Contractors Licensing & Building Board of Appeals is responsible for evaluating the qualifications of contractor license applicants, determining if the license of the contractor should be suspended for violation of City ordinances and to request the Chief Building Official to investigate any complaint made against a contractor. This Board is responsible for hearing appeals to the Southern Standard Building Code. The Board may authorize, in specific cases, variances from the terms and regulations of this Code.

Meetings are held as needed. This Board consists of five members, each serving a four-year term.

  • City Manager
  • Chief Building Official
  • 1 architect/engineer
  • 2 general contractors or engineering representatives

Destination Thomasville Tourism Authority (DTTA)

Board Members Term Expires
Wiley Grady Concurrent with Appointment
Nathaniel Abrams 12/31/2020
Carol Whitney 12/31/2020
Clay Campbell 12/31/2021
Michele Arwood 12/31/2021
Ali McKay Concurrent with Appointment
Mayor Greg Hobbs Concurrent with Office

The purpose of the Destination Thomasville Tourism Authority is to increase area tourism and tourist dollars while providing a quality tourist experience. For meeting agenda, click here.

Meetings are held quarterly. This Board consists of seven members, each serving a four-year term.

  • Mayor as Chairman
  • Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce
  • 4 appointed by the City Council
  • 2 owners, operators or managers of tourism related business
  • 2 citizens
  • 1 appointed by Thomas County

Downtown Development Authority

Board Members Term Expires
Gary Tucker 12/31/2019
Allen Lockerman 12/31/2019
Bill Ponder 12/31/2019
Scott Rich 12/31/2019
Len Robinson 12/31/2021
Bert Hodges 12/31/2021
David Hufstetler, Councilmember Concurrent with Office

The Downtown Development Authority is responsible for promoting the economic development in the Thomasville downtown business district.

Meetings are the second Thursday of every-other-month at 9 a.m. This Board consists of seven members, each serving a four-year term.

  • 7 business owners or downtown residents

Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)

Board Members Term Expires
Sara Thompson 12/31/2018
Ian Quinton 12/31/2018
Ephraim Rotter 12/31/2019
Gina Shumake 12/31/2019
Spencer Young 12/31/2020
Matt DeLarber 12/31/2020
John Hand 12/31/2020

The Historic Preservation Board is responsible for establishing the designation of historic properties or districts, issuing Certificates of Appropriateness for property owners within these designated districts and to provide for an appeals process to the Thomasville Historic Preservation Ordinance.

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. This Board consists of seven members, each serving a three-year term. Board members are limited to two consecutive terms.

  • 1 architectural representative
  • 1 construction representative
  • 1 real estate representative
  • 1 related discipline
  • 3 citizens

Housing Authority

Board Members Term Expires
Ken Manwaring 12/31/2018
Frank Delaney 12/31/2019
Jerry Studdard 12/31/2020
Juanita Jackson 12/31/2021
Bill Rainey 12/31/2022

Meetings are held quarterly at the Plaza Restaurant. For more information about the Housing Authority, please contact Mike House at (229) 226-4065.


Land Bank Authority Board

Current members: Mayor Greg Hobbs, Councilmember David Hufstetler, Merrill Baker, Zippy Vonier, Dr. Hazel T. Jones

The Land Bank Authority is an intergovernmental agency organized under Georgia state law. This Authority permits cities and counties to acquire problem properties in order to foster the public purpose of returning property, which is nonrevenue generating and nontax producing, to an effective utilization status in order to provide housing, new industry, and jobs. It seeks to transfer properties back to responsible ownership and productive use in accordance with local land use goals and priorities for community revitalization.

The Land Bank Authority consists of five members:

  • 2 City Council members
  • 2 County Commissioners
  • 1 at-large member

Meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am at the Housing & Resource Center, 125 Lester St.


Main Street Advisory Board

Board Members Term Expires
Merritt Godwin 12/31/2018
Michele Arwood 12/31/2018
Kenya Carter 12/31/2018
Cadence Kidwell 12/31/2019
Whitney White 12/31/2019
Charlie Whitney 12/31/2019
Bert Hodges 12/31/2019
Rhonda Foster 12/31/2019
Jay Flowers, Councilmember Concurrent with Office

The Main Street organization espouses “Downtown Economic Development within the context of Historic Preservation.” The Main Street Program follows the “Four Point Approach” of Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring, which work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort.

Meetings are monthly and held on the first Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Main Street Office.

  • 3 members serve a 1 year term
  • 3 members serve a 2 year term
  • 3 members serve a 3 year term

Payroll Development Authority (PDA)

Board Members Term Expires
Rodney Deese 12/31/2019
Stephen Cheney 12/31/2019
Mayor Greg Hobbs Concurrent with Office
Mark NeSmith, County Commissioner Concurrent with Office
Ali McKay, Chairman of Chamber Concurrent with Office

The Payroll Development Authority is charged with expanding and developing industry in the City of Thomasville and Thomas County.

Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month at 8:30 a.m. The Board consists of five members, each serving a three-year term.

  • City of Thomasville Mayor (or designee)
  • Thomas County Commission Chairman
  • Thomasville/Thomas County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman
  • 2 local banking representatives

Planning and Zoning Board

Board Members Term Expires
Ken O’Neil 12/31/2018
Rosemarye Boykins 12/31/2018
Scott Chastain 12/31/2019
Jeremy Rich 12/31/2019
Debra Underwood 12/31/2019
Mark Lowe 12/31/2020
Dr. Annie McElroy 12/31/2020
Harry Rayford 12/31/2021
Haile McCollum 12/31/2021

The Planning and Zoning Board has been created to enable the City of Thomasville to overcome problems in which public input is advisable; to engage in orderly planning for the wise conservation of historic and natural resources; and for the growth of business enterprises providing new or expanded job opportunities throughout the community.

Meetings are the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The Board consists of nine members, each serving a four-year term.


Recreation Advisory Board

Board Members Term Expires
Todd Mobley, Councilmember Concurrent with Office
Matt Bennett 12/31/2018
Forrest Sumner 12/31/2018
Kevin Vick 12/31/2019
Margie Massey 12/31/2019
Terry Hurst 12/31/2019
Octavian Jordan 12/31/2020
Michael Douglas 12/31/2020
Dr. Jim Story 12/31/2020
Stanley Fiveash 12/31/2020

The Thomasville/Thomas County Recreation Advisory Board is focused on ensuring that the leisure needs of the entire community are addressed and met. This Board conducts studies and provides recommendations to the City Council on leisure activities, programs and improvements on short and long-range needs of the citizens in the Thomasville area. Recommendations are made by this Board to the City Council on budget appropriations for programs and park facilities.

Meetings are held monthly. This Board consists of ten members, each serving a three-year term.

  • 4 representatives appointed by the City of Thomasville
  • 3 representatives appointed by Thomas County
  • 2 representatives appointed by the majority of small town mayors
  • 1 representative appointed by the YMCA Board

Tree and Landscape Board

Board Members Term Expires
Wallace Goodman 12/31/2018
Pam Wright 12/31/2018
Willie Mitchell 12/31/2018
Joey Barrow 12/31/2018
Pam Long 12/31/2019
Matt Dukes 12/31/2019
County Extension Service Personnel 12/31/2019

The purpose of the Tree and Landscape Board is to educate the public as to the economic and aesthetic benefits of trees and landscaping to the City of Thomasville and its citizens on both publicly and privately owned property. This Board promotes the care, fertilization, protection, and other measures desirable for the health and growth of existing trees in City rights-of-way.

Meetings are held as needed. This Board consists of eight members, each serving a two-year term.