Citizen Boards & Authorities
Citizens have numerous opportunities to serve the community through various boards, commissions, and authorities.
For information about Thomasville's boards, commissions and authorities, please contact the City Manager's office at (229) 227-6987.
Airport Advisory Board
Current members: Charles Gainey, Jay Flowers, Mark NeSmith, Wilson Carraway, Marty Willis, Dudley Lewis
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 held as needed. 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 Board
Current members: Janet Liles, Mark Parker, Carol Biggs, Alison Know, Jason Harpe
Members should be committed to historic preservation and the overall appearance of the downtown Thomasville area. This board is also responsible for administering the distribution of facade grants which are available through the Main Street Program.
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
Current members: Ray Finger, David Dunn, Brad Hinson
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
Current members: Clay Campbell, Michele Arwood, Merrill Baker, Nathaniel Abrams, Carol Whitney, Eric Ward, Greg Hobbs
The purpose of the Destination Thomasville Tourism Authority is to increase area tourism and tourist dollars while providing a quality tourist experience.
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
Current members: Len Robinson, Bert Hodges, Gary Tucker, Allen Lockerman, Bill Ponder, Scott Rich, Don Sims
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 Board
Current members: Spencer Young, Matt DeLarber, John Hand, Sara Thompson, Ian Quinton, Ephraim Rotter, Gina Shumake
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
Current members: Sharon Herring, Deloris Huggans, Jim Garland, Bonnie Spann, Emma Chatmon, Kathy Keown, Stephen Cheney, Jr, George Bauer, Al Wright
The purpose of the Library Board is to be responsive to the public for service, book selection, finance and personnel of the Thomas County Public Library System. The Board provides assistance and feedback to the Library Director.
The Board meets monthly and consists of nine members, each serving a three-year term. Terms are limited to two successive, three-year terms.
- 3 members appointed by the City of Thomasville
- 4 members appointed by Thomas County
- 2 members appointed by small towns with libraries
Payroll Development Authority
Current members: Don Sims, Mark NeSmith, Eric Ward, Rodney Deese, Stephen Cheney
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 10:00 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
Current members: Harry Rayford, Haile McCollum, Ken O’Neil, Rosemarye Boykins, Jeremy Rich, Debra Underwood, Mark Lowe, Dr Annie McElroy
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.
Thomasville Main Street Advisory Board
Current members: Cadence Kidwell, Ali McKay, Mary Lawrence Lang, Pam Butler, Whitney White, Charlie Whitney, Bert Hodges, Jay Flowers
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
Thomasville-Thomas County Land Bank Authority Board
Current members: Greg Hobbs, Don Sims, Merrill Baker, Zippy Vonier, David Cone
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 11:00 am at the Housing & Resource Center, 125 Lester St.
Thomasville-Thomas County Recreation Advisory Board
Current members: Terry Hurst, Octavian Jordan, Russ Beckham, Dr Jim Story, Richard Reynolds, Jay Flowers, Matt Bennett, Forrest Sumner, Kevin Vick, Margie Massey
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
Current members: Pam Long, Matt Dukes, Andrew Sawyer, Martha Reynolds, Pam Wright, Joey Barrow
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.