Board of County Commissioners

Emergency Meeting Agenda

July 6, 2021

1:00 p.m.


Present:               Brenda Holt, Chair, District 4

Dr. Anthony “Dr. V” Viegbesie, Vice Chair, District 2

                                Eric Hinson, District 1

                                Kimblin NeSmith, District 3

                                Ronterious “Ron” Green, District 5

                                Edward J. Dixon, County Administrator

                                Clayton Knowles, County Attorney

                                Marcella Blocker, Deputy Clerk



  Holt welcomed everyone to the emergency meeting, asked for moment of silence, led in Pledge

Amendments and Approval of Agenda

  V/Green 5-0


Due to COVID-19 and the efforts of the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners to continue the practice of social distancing, Commissioners want to continue to hear from citizens under the Citizens Requesting to be Heard section of the agenda.

If citizens have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email and anticipate receiving a response within 48 hours.

The Board of County Commissioners would like to thank everyone for their patience and flexibility during this time.





Approval of Resolution 2021-027

  Dixon introduced above item.


V made motion to approve/NeSmith second  Hinson said would like to see presentation.


Shawn Wood, Director of Emergency Management, appeared before the Board.  After 17 years, FRS has told him he has to retire.  He introduced Tashonda Whaley.


  Ms. Whaley appeared before the Board, while not in cone, a slight shift to the west could impact us.  Have several roads under construction, Important to take pictures as they are now in case of damage during emergency. 


Chair said already have motion and second and called for vote.  Board voted 5-0 by voice vote to approve.


Chair also said BOCC responsible for Emergency Management


  Hinson said was why tried to get in touch with Mr. Dixon.  Heard Major Woods was retiring.  Felt need to have meeting to interview for job.  Holt said contact they have now is with the Sheriff’s Department, not an individual.  Hinson said Board needs to approve person put in charge. 


  V said Hinson raised interesting issue, since Woods here and has been here for his length of time, asked him question.


  Woods said have been Director for 8 years, policy changed-Sheriff picks someone and the Board approves it. 


  Green said to Woods, thank you for service provided to County over the years and have also witnessed Ms. Whaley and believed they would be in great hands.


  Holt said was almost right, but kind of wrong.  Like a contract. 


  Dixon said have a number of contracts like that, Department of Health like that. 


  V said was about to say what Chair said.  Chair is spokesperson for Board. 


  Chair said if Chair not there and Resolution not signed, can’t get paid for it.  Chair has to sign. 


  NeSmith also commended Woods for phenomenal job he has done. 

Also, FAC has New Commissioners Orientation but the County does not have any orientation for new Commissioners.  Asked that something be created for future so they know intricacies for what to do. 


  Holt said none of them have had that.  Get sworn in and get right to work.  Think good idea.


  Hinson asked for Proclamation for Corrine Herring.  Holt said could only vote on emergency Resolution.  He said also went to conference and why has pleather of knowledge about it.  Asked Board to think about having a meeting in July, lot of issues going on that need to be addressed.



  Adjourned at 1:34 p.m.





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