The Henry County Development Authority named a new executive director Tuesday during a called meeting.
##Charlie Moseley was selected unanimously by the board as the replacement for the retiring Bob White, who served in the position for nearly 20 years.
##“I have some big shoes to fill,” said Moseley, who has worked for the Georgia Department of Economic Development since October 2010. “I’m looking forward to coming in and doing some work.”
##Moseley holds a bachelor’s of arts in political science from the University of Georgia and has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning, and a master of science degree in Public Policy.
##He has worked as a deputy speechwriter and proclamations director for the Office of Governor Sonny Perdue for more than one year and has worked as a project analyst, associate project manager, project manager and senior project manager within his four years at the state economic development department.
##The board welcomed Moseley aboard, while some acknowledged White for his service to the county.
##“I want to thank Bob for his years of service,” said board member John Bozeman. “He’s been amazing to Henry County. The respect people have for him in this county and state is just amazing.”
##“This was an opportunity for the authority to look at some new directions,” said White. “I’ve known Charlie for several years. He’s a very bright and capable young man with great potential. I think he’ll do great things for the Authority and Henry County.”
##After going into executive session after the meeting, the group voted to host a farewell reception for White Jan. 29, with a budget to not exceed $1,000.
##Also at the meeting, Chairman Bill Herndon read a resignation letter from board Vice Chair Charles Smith.
##Smith emailed the letter Tuesday morning and his resignation is effective as of today.
##In the letter, Smith said his time served as a member of the HCDA has been very educational and insightful.
##“The knowledge I’ve gained will have a major impact on determining how I will chose to serve Henry County in the future,” he wrote.
##Without much explanation on the reason behind his decision, he added at the meeting that he hopes the board continues with the “One Henry” concept, an economic growth management plan for the county.
##“I look forward to you (Moseley) doing some great things here and more importantly I’m going to hold my board members accountable for what I stand for,” said Smith. “And whoever comes in here, do not let a political agenda be driven. And make sure the One Henry concept — that’s what I’ve always pushed and that’s what I’m expecting.”
The purpose of the Authority, as stated within the enabling legislation, is “… promoting and expanding for the public good and welfare industry and trade within Henry County and reducing unemployment to the greatest extent possible… .”
By Asia Ashley