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Former Gwinnett Chairman Wayne Hill may head Evermore CID

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Former Gwinnett Chairman Wayne Hill could soon head one of the county's community improvement districts.

Hill may be considered for the executive director post during today's special called meeting of the Evermore CID, where a stalemate among board members caused the business group to go without a leader since the beginning of the month.

Dwight Harrison, who owns a Volkswagen dealership along U.S. Highway 78, is likely to lose his post as chairman of the board today, since the death of board member Forrest Adair has swung the power to a four-man faction.

Since the meeting was called by the four -- Emory Morsberger, Don Robison, Gary Custar and Jimmy Norton -- and the first item on the agenda includes new board leadership, Harrison said his demotion is a "pretty good assumption."

Morsberger would not talk about the 10 a.m. meeting, but Harrison said the latest talks have involved placing Hill in the director's position until a permanent replacement can be hired.

A few weeks ago, a 4-4 stalemate among board members allowed the contract of Jim Brooks to expire. Brooks had replaced former Snellville Mayor Brett Harrell, who was also ousted after a dispute among board members.

"We would still continue the search for a permanent executive director," Harrison said, adding that Hill is only interested in a short-term stint. "Most everybody has respect for him, and I don't think anybody would oppose him."

Hill would likely be paid about $10,000 a month during the search process, which could take six months, he said.

Hill, who served as chairman of the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners from 1993 to 2004, did not return a phone call seeking comment Monday.

In addition to today's special meeting, the board will meet in its regular session at 2:30 Wednesday, and could bring closure to the question of a landscaper for the corridor. Due to a disagreement over a bid process last month, the CID's landscaping contract also expired at the end of September.

Wednesday's session is also expected to include the call for an election among property owners to replace Adair.