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Metropolitan Planning Commission swears in new officers

The Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission recently named four new officers, including a new chairman, James Overton, who fills the seat recently vacated by Tanya Milton.

The new officers sworn in are:W. James Overton, chairman: Overton was appointed to the Planning Commission by the Chatham County Commissioners in 2012. Prior to his election as Chairman he served as Vice-Chairman and Secretary. In addition to the Planning Commission, he also serves on the Chatham County Zoning Board of Appeals and is a retired real estate executive.

Joseph Ervin, vice-chair: Ervin was appointed to the MPC Board by the City of Savannah Mayor and Aldermen. Ervin was the founder of Select Mortgage Group, Inc. and served as its President and CEO, leading the company to licensure in several states. After founding Select Mortgage Group, Inc., Ervin formed Body, Back &Sport and currently serves as its President and CEO.

Linder Suthers, secretary: Suthers was appointed to the MPC Board by the Chatham County Commission in 2015. Suthers is a certified landscape architect and a member of the Trustees’ Garden Club.

Tom Woiwode, treasure: Woiwode was appointed to the MPC Board by the Chatham County Commission in 2015. Currently, Woiwode is the Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners, Co-Owner of Coastal Woodcraft, LLC and Director of The Academy for Real Estate Education and Consulting.

The Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission was created in 1957 pursuant to legislation enacted by the Georgia General Assembly which permits joint city-county planning commissions.

The Board consists of 14 members. Six members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners of Chatham County and six members are appointed by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah.

The Savannah City Manager and Chatham County Manager serve as ex-officio members of the Board. Appointed members are volunteers, who serve three year overlapping terms without pay.

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