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July 9, 2004

Valdosta - A South Georgia city and county are debating over who should fill a vacant industrial authority seat.

At Thursday night's meeting, Valdosta city council members will discuss and possibly vote again on who should take the position. The person is jointly appointed by Lowndes County and Valdosta, but commissioners and councilmen can't seem to agree on who should have the job. The city has voted to appoint Gary Minchew, while the county wants Jerry Jennett.

"I think this had to happen, this is good for the council and good for the commission because it may force us to go and make the changes we need to in the charters and through the General Assembly to do away with joint appointments," said Mayor John Fretti.

The seat is being vacated by Jerome Tucker, who is running for County Commission chair. The Industrial Authority responsible for recruiting large industries to Valdosta and Lowndes County.

posted at 1:00 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com