New SWMA mem­bers sworn in

The Covington News - - LOCAL - DAR­RYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers ( BOC) Chair­man Mar­cello Banes swore in the new­est mem­bers of the county’s Solid Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity (SWMA) dur­ing the BOC’s Sept. 19 reg­u­lar meet­ing.

Banes thanked the new mem­bers for their ser­vice prior to ad­min­is­ter­ing the oath of of­fice.

“First, I want to say ‘thank you’ guys for giv­ing your time, tak­ing the time out of your lives to be a part of the Solid Waste Author­ity and help New­ton County with our solid waste needs,” he said, “You’re do­ing a great ser­vice for you com­mu­nity.

The three new mem­bers bring di­verse back­grounds in work ex­pe­ri­ence and com­mu­nity ser­vice to the author­ity.

A Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent since 1994, new mem­ber Linda Hanna grew up in East Lans­ing MI and lived in East Ten­nessee be­fore set­tling in New­ton County. She holds de­grees from Michi­gan State Univer­sity and East Ten­nessee State Univer­sity. Hanna has com­pleted the ACCG Certified County Official cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as well as cer­ti­fi­ca­tions from the Carl Vin­son In­sti­tute of Gov­ern­ment and the Ge­or­gia Records As­so­ci­a­tion. She is cur­rently the CFO for the Wal­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers.

Cov­ing­ton na­tive Kent Campbell is an­other of the new mem­bers of the SWMA. Campbell grew up in Cov­ing­ton and graduated from New­ton County High School be­fore head­ing to Athens where he re­ceived a de­gree in Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture from the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia. He said his first job out of col­lege in 1989 was as­sist­ing New­ton County with wet­land mit­i­ga­tion for the Lake Varner reser­voir project. Campbell worked in At­lanta and Louisville KY be­fore set­tling in New­ton County in 2002, where he worked for Eco-South help­ing the county with per­mit­ting the phase III ex­pan­sion at the land­fill. He is cur­rently a se­nior project man­ager with En­vi­rons De­sign Stu­dio. He and his wife Ellen have two chil­dren.

Lo­cal busi­ness­man and life- long New­ton County res­i­dent Buddy Mor­gan is the third new mem­ber of the author­ity. While he’s never sought elec­tive of­fice, Mor­gan’s roots in ser­vice to the county run deep. His fa­ther rep­re­sented the area in the Ge­or­gia leg­is­la­ture and served as chair­man of the board of com­mis- sion­ers, as did his brother and sis­ter-in-law. A com­mer­cial prop­erty owner and grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, Mor­gan wants to help the SWMA get on sound fi­nan­cial foot­ing.

“Money has been tight,” he said,” We have to pri­or­i­tize our re­sources.”

Sub­mit­ted | The Cov­ing­ton News

New­ton County Chair­man Mar­cello Banes, left, swears in the new SWMA mem­bers.

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