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Parker gets EDC board position

Dougherty County Commissioner Gloria Gaines gives Dougherty County Police  Chief Don Cheek a hug at Cheek’s retirement party Monday at the Government Center. Cheek is retiring Friday after 44 years of service to the Albany Police Department and DCP.

Dougherty County Commissioner Gloria Gaines gives Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek a hug at Cheek’s retirement party Monday at the Government Center. Cheek is retiring Friday after 44 years of service to the Albany Police Department and DCP.

ALBANY — The Dougherty County Commission approved a number of items at its business session Monday morning, officially signing off on matters it had previously discussed during work sessions.

Among other items, the commission approved the purchase of 12 mobile data units that will be placed in Dougherty County Police Department vehicles and OK’d a recommendation to request a sewer extension from the city of Albany that would serve the county’s new Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park off U.S. Highway 82.

Cost of the sewer extension, which will be completed utilizing voter-approved Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax IV and VI funds, is estimated to run $945,580. Cost of the DCP mobile data units, supplied by Dell of Rock Round, Texas, is $60,147.12. Funding sources for the computer units are a $24,000 telejustice grant and SPLOST VI funds.

The commission also unanimously approved Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker to serve a two-year term on the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission board. The board recently voted to add three new members, one each from the county, the city of Albany and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Commissioners also OK’d a memorandum of understanding with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on behalf of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to provide contracts for county extension personnel.

Immediately after the meeting, the commission joined members of the county’s police department and others in the community for a reception honoring outgoing Police Chief Don Cheek, whose 44 years of civil service end with his retirement Friday.