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Decatur BOZA chairman resigns

By Evan Belanger 340-2442

The Decatur Board of Zoning Adjustment is operating a member short this week after Chairman John Phillips resigned.

Phillips resigned his board appointment Tuesday before the entity's regular meeting, said Decatur Building Director Jimmy Brothers.

The Daily was not able to contact Phillips, who is reportedly leaving to pursue private ventures at his business, Graves and Phillips Engineering and Maintenance.

"He's going to be missed. He's been a real level-headed and great contributing member to the board since he was first
appointed," said Mayor Don Kyle on Wednesday.

Having served on the board since April 2001, Phillips left his position with about 17 months remaining in his term.

According to Kyle, it is up to the City Council to appoint a new, full-time member to replace Phillips.

He said the council will most likely choose one of the board's two supernumerary members for the job, either Jeremy Ledlow or Frances Tate.

"I would assume it would be one of them because they have the most experience and know more about what's going on," he said.

Even if one of the lower members is promoted, the City Council will still appoint an
extra member to the board, bringing it up to its full complement.

According to board member Jim Bolinger, the next chairman will be decided internally by the board.

Remaining board members are Kent Lawrence, vice chairman; Sally Jo Green; Joseph Wynn; and Bolinger.

"This is one of the most active appointments in the city, so it's important that we fill it quickly," Kyle said.

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