Fann, Ross take on roles on Highland Rivers board for the com­ing year

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DAL­TON — The Honor­able Allen Wig­ing­ton, chief Pick­ens County mag­is­trate judge, was elected chair of the Highland Rivers Health gov­ern­ing board at the board’s reg­u­lar meet­ing in June.

His one-year term as chair be­gan July 1, the start of the agency’s 2020 fis­cal year. Wig­ing­ton has sev­ered as board chair sev­eral times in the past, most re­cently dur­ing the 2017 fis­cal year, which ran from July 2016 through June 2017.

Other of­fi­cers elected for FY20 in­clude Polk County board mem­ber Bill Fann, Cedar­town city man­ager, as vice chair; Polk County board mem­ber and outgoing Rock­mart City Coun­cil mem­ber Sher­man Ross as sec­re­tary; and new Bar­tow County board mem­ber Chris Mosley, CEO of Cartersvil­le Med­i­cal Cen­ter, as trea­surer.

The gov­ern­ing board also wel­comed three new mem­bers. In ad­di­tion to Mosley, new mem­bers in­clude Pauld­ing County rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steve Grim­s­ley, deputy Pauld­ing County clerk/ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant; and Har­al­son County rep­re­sen­ta­tive Karen Sparks, a re­tired clin­i­cal nurse who in the past worked with Tan­ner Health Sys­tem.

“The Highland Rivers Health gov­ern­ing board is a vi­tal part of our over­all agency and has an im­por­tant role in ad­min­is­tra­tive and fis­cal over­sight, as well as pro­vid­ing cru­cial link­ages to the com­mu­ni­ties we serve,” said Highland Rivers Health CEO Me­lanie Dal­las. “We are very for­tu­nate to have Judge Wig­ing­ton back as chair of our board and are ex­cited to wel­come three out­stand­ing new board mem­bers.”

Highland Rivers’ gov­ern­ing board in­cludes a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from ev­ery county in the agency’s 12-county ser­vice area (with two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both Floyd and Polk coun­ties) who are ap­pointed by each county’s board of com­mis­sion­ers. The board has four of­fi­cers (chair, vice chair, sec­re­tary and trea­surer) who are se­lected by board mem­bers, and two stand­ing com­mit­tees: cor­po­rate com­pli­ance and fi­nance. Mem­bers serve three-year terms and terms are stag­gered to en­sure con­ti­nu­ity of gov­er­nance.

The board in­cludes sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als who have fam­ily mem­bers with men­tal ill­ness, ad­dic­tive dis­ease or de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, and in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the ju­di­cial sys­tem, fam­ily ser­vices, pri­vate in­dus­try, law en­force­ment, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and health­care, among oth­ers.

The Highland Rivers gov­ern­ing board meets ev­ery other month, six times each year. All FY20 meet­ings will be held at Highland Rivers’ Bar­tow Re­cov­ery and Well­ness Cen­ter, 650 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy., Cartersvil­le, be­gin­ning at 10:30 a.m. The fi­nance and com­pli­ance com­mit­tees meet at 9:30 a.m., prior to the full board meet­ing. All board meet­ings are open to the public and are an­nounced in ad­vance.

Sher­man Ross

Bill Fann

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