BONIFAY -- With the approval of the resignation of now former chairman Roger White, Holmes County Development Commission addressed its lingering vacancies and discussed what kind of person may fill them.
Vice-Chair Doyle Majors conducted Monday's development commission meeting, held at the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce building, 106 E. Byrd Ave. One of his first business items was opening the floor for the reading of White's resignation letter and discussion on how to proceed.
After eight years of serving on the commission, White understandably resigned as chairman and from the board due to family concerns, officials said. Board members tabled the discussion on filling the chairman position.
However, other seats remain unfilled: a No. 2 seat in District 2 and a No. 1 seat in District 3, which has been vacant for nearly a year.
To qualify, a candidate must be registered to vote in Holmes County, live in the district in which he or she desires to hold a seat and "and are interested in economic development -- that's a big thing," HCDC Executive Director Raymon Thomas said.
"We don't want somebody we have to talk into coming, we don't want somebody that doesn't have one night a month that they can come to a meeting or be interested in what we're doing," Thomas said.
With several organizational meetings being held in conjunction with other agencies, such as, Opportunity Florida, Thomas said he stresses to the current commission, which has struggled to make a quorum at times, the need for dedicated representatives who are willing to learn what economic development is.
The board consists of 12-members, including two representatives from each of Holmes County's five commission districts and two "at-large" members.
The commission also discussed its bylaws regarding the process around filling vacancies. The bylaws state seats are appointed by Holmes County Board of Commissioners, officials said.
However, as an economic development organization, HCDC members expressed Monday that they should have more weight in making recommendations. That is, while county commissioners can nominate someone for a seat, the development commission believes it should have the power to send back recommendations for appointment -- excluding, if deemed fit -- county commissioners recommendations.
In other business, the development commission voted in approval of bidding out its director and officers insurance policy, voting down the renewal of its policy with its current insurance agency, which, apparently, is not locally based. Commissioners tasked the administrative assistant with bringing back to the next meeting quotes from local agencies. Also, board member Joe Rone requested a list of all of HCDC properties with value, cost and date of purchase to be presented at the next meeting.
The commission meets 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce building, 106 E. Byrd Ave.