Thursday, January 28, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's Charles Bannister is second-in-command at the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Bannister, chairman of the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners, was named vice-chairman of the regional board, which governs issues such as transportation and water.
"I have had the pleasure of serving with Tad (Leitheid) on the Atlanta Regional Commission executive board and other committees for many years and look forward to working together to provide the leadership that our dynamic, growing region needs and deserves," Bannister said in a press release.
Bannister sought the chairmanship late last year but lost to Leitheid, who became the first citizen board member to head the regional board, which is also comprised of mayors and county leaders from 10 metro counties. Leithead appointed Bannister to the two-year term as vice-chair Wednesday.
"Tad's private sector experience as a developer and my role as the top elected official of the second-largest metro county are complimentary," Bannister said. "We bring different strengths and perspectives to the table that together will benefit the businesses and residents of the metropolitan Atlanta region."
Former Gwinnett Commissioner Judy Waters, who serves as a citizen member on the board, was named parliamentarian. Other officers include DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, who was named secretary and Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker, who was named treasurer.