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Planning: Special needs director fill vacant commission seat

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Elizabeth Krauss, director of Georgetown County’s Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, was named this week to fill an unexpired term on the Georgetown County Planning Commission.

County Council Member Austin Beard nominated Krauss, a resident of Belle Isle near Georgetown, and she was approved unanimously to fill an unexpired term ending March 15, 2015.

She replaces Amy McFadden, a forester who was appointed last year. She stepped down because she also serves on a state board that registers foresters. That left the commission with six members.

“I’ve known Ms. Krauss for several years,” Beard said Wednesday. “We recently talked about zoning and some other county issues and she expressed an interest in being involved. I found her to be very pleasant and, for one thing, having good common sense.”

Beard said the Board of Disabilities and Special Needs serves people from across the county, providing Krauss with an opportunity to hear from people in every community.

Beard said he would normally nominate people from the Andrews area to fill board vacancies but couldn’t find a qualified candidate who was interested in serving.

Krauss is attending a state convention and could not be reached for comment. Before taking over at Disabilities and Special Needs she was assistant city administrator in Georgetown. The administrator was Boyd Johnson, who is now the Georgetown County planning director.

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