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Legislature: Delegation gets applications for board appointments

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

With four days left to apply for three open seats on state and regional boards and commissions, Georgetown County’s legislative delegation has six applications and five candidates to consider.

But none of those applications was received after the delegation started advertising the positions last week in a bid to have a more open and transparent appointment process.

Applications to serve on the state Board of Education, state Aeronautics Commission and Waccamaw Regional Education Center Advisory Board will be accepted at the delegation office in the old courthouse until 5 p.m. Monday.

Delegation members will interview applicants at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments office.

Dr. Gerald Harmon, Ervin Lambert and Stephen Goldfinch are vying for the Aeronautics Commission seat.

Lambert also applied for the board of Education seat, as did Thomas Shortt.

William Crowther is seeking appointment to the education center advisory board.

The advertisement did result in a phone call about one of the positions, said Paulette Radcliffe, administrative assistant to the delegation, but she hasn’t received an application from that person yet.

State Rep. Kevin Ryan, the delegation member who requested the vacancies be advertised, said he wasn’t expecting the effort to result in a lot of applications.

“We’re changing things and trying something new, and that’s going to be a slow process. We’re not going to be flooded with applications right away and that’s OK,” he said.

The important thing is that the information is out there and the delegation will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of all the applicants before they make their decisions, he added.

Each applicant will be given a few minutes to talk to the delegation about their qualifications and why they want to serve.

“I’m keeping an open mind going into the meeting,” Ryan said. “Some people may be more or less qualified than others, but for me the deciding factor is going to be what they have to say in those three minutes.”

The delegation is expected to appoint someone to serve on the education advisory board during the meeting, but additional steps are required to name someone to the other two bodies.

Georgetown County shares the Board of Education seat with Horry County and the Aeronautics Commission seat with several counties.

Appointments for shared seats have to be made jointly by delegation members from every county involved.

Georgetown County delegation members will use Wednesday’s meeting to select a nominee for each shared seat. Nominees will be presented to the other delegations at a later time.

Like Ryan, state Sen. Ray Cleary said he isn’t making any advance judgements about who should fill the seats and is asking members of other delegations to do the same. After hearing one of the school board candidates had approached the Horry County delegation, he wrote to its members asking them to let Georgetown County present a nominee before they commit to a candidate.

Horry County has more delegation members and will carry the vote.

For information or to apply, call Radcliffe, 545-3029.

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