Commissioners honor Deadwyler, Evans and Bicknell for service

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Margaret Deadwyler, who served as Probate Judge for 20 years, was among the former elected officials who were honored at the Jan. 21 meeting of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners Monday evening recognized three elected officials who concluded their service to the citizens at year’s end.

County Manager Kevin Poe read resolutions honoring Margaret Deadwyler, Stan Evans and Hunter Bicknell.

County Manager Kevin Poe presented a resolution commending Margaret Deadwyler, who served as Probate Judge for 20 years.

HONORING MARGARET DEADWYLER FOR HER SERVICE AND DEDICATION

TO THE CITIZENS OF JACKSON COUNTY, GEORGIA

WHEREAS, Margaret Deadwyler began her career in public service as clerk in the Jackson County Probate Court on January 17, 1985; and

WHEREAS, during her service in this office Margaret had gone above and beyond her duties in an effort to assist the many citizens that she encountered along the way; and

WHEREAS, as a keen observer of judicial process and proceedings, she decided to stand for election to serve as Probate Judge of Jackson County, Georgia; and

WHEREAS, she worked cooperatively and effectively displaying great dedication and industriousness in performing her court duties, the citizenry elected her Probate Judge and began her tenure on January 1, 1992; and

WHEREAS, Margaret Deadwyler was a member of the Constitutional Officer’s Association working to ensure the quality of county government through increased professionalism and cooperation among members and other organizations; and

WHEREAS, for the past 20 years, Margaret Deadwyler has written judiciously rendered decisions that have promoted the causes of justice and equity in the probate court system in Jackson County,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that it is fitting and proper that the Jackson County Board of Commissioners publicly recognize and extend our sincere appreciation to Margaret Deadwyler for her many years of faithful service to the Jackson County community; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Jackson County Board of Commissioners encourages all citizens to join in honoring Margaret Deadwyler and to wish her well in the years to come.

RESOLVED, the 21st day of January, 2013.

Longtime Sheriff Stan Evans, who was also commended, thanked each of the commissioners.

HONORING STAN EVANS FOR HIS SERVICE AND DEDICATION

TO THE CITIZENS OF JACKSON COUNTY, GEORGIA

WHEREAS, Stan Evans began his career as a public servant on January 1, 1981, serving as Coroner of Jackson County, Georgia; and

WHEREAS, he had a deep concern regarding the safety and well-being of his beloved community, he ran for the Office of Sheriff believing he could make a difference; and

WHEREAS, on January 1, 1985 he began his law enforcement career as Sheriff of Jackson County; and held the title of the youngest sheriff in the State of Georgia; and

WHEREAS, Stan Evans was a long-time member of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association; working to promote and improve law enforcement in Jackson County and the State of Georgia; and

WHEREAS, under his leadership and guidance, the construction of a new, 424-bed jail was completed in 2009 to meet the future needs of Jackson County; and

WHEREAS, throughout his 27 years of service, Stan Evans has demonstrated the highest levels of commitment and dedication to his duties and responsibilities and has made sustaining contributions to the betterment of law enforcement in Jackson County and the surrounding areas;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that it is fitting and proper that the Jackson County Board of Commissioners publicly recognize and extend our sincere appreciation to Stan Evans for his many years of faithful service to the Jackson County community; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Jackson County Board of Commissioners encourages all citizens to join in honoring Stan Evans and to wish him well in the years to come.

RESOLVED, the 21st day of January, 2013.

Former Jackson County Commissioner Chairman Hunter Bicknell was also honored.

HONORING HUNTER BICKNELL FOR HIS SERVICE AND DEDICATION

TO THE CITIZENS OF JACKSON COUNTY, GEORGIA

WHEREAS, Hunter Bicknell has been a resident of Jackson County, Georgia for a number of years; proven a desire to be a part of his community and throughout his spirit of volunteerism worked to improve its quality of life; and

WHEREAS, on February 16, 2004 he was appointed and volunteered to serve on the Jackson County Jail Advisory Committee to evaluate the needs for a New Jail and Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Facility; and on July 23, 2004, he was appointed to the Jackson County Water & Sewerage Authority and served as Chairman for a number of years; and

WHEREAS, he was elected Chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners serving as the one of the county’s policy makers from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012; and

WHEREAS, as Chairman Hunter Bicknell provided steady leadership and was instrumental in working with various committees with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, and many local advisory boards; he also served as Chairman of the Northeast Georgia Regional T-SPLOST Committee, evaluating and identifying the transportation and highway improvements needed in the region; and

WHEREAS, Hunter Bicknell has always conducted himself in a studious and thoughtful manner that truly distinguished him as a true leader in the Jackson County community,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that it is fitting and proper that the Jackson County Board of Commissioners publicly recognize and honor Hunter Bicknell for his many years of service to Jackson County and its citizens; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Jackson County Board of Commissioners encourages all citizens to join in honoring Hunter Bicknell and to wish him well in the years to come.

RESOLVED, the 21st day of January, 2013.