Savannahians celebrated a historical event on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 when Al Scott was sworn in by the Honorable Judge Michael Karpf as the first African American Chairman of the Chatham County Commissioners.
Joe Murray Rivers who served as County Commissioner for many years was Master of Ceremonies for this occasion. Rev. Matthew Southall Brown, Pastor Emeritus of St. John Baptist Church presented the invocation.
Scott is a retired executive who worked for Union Camp and International Paper for over 35 years. In addition to serving 16 years in the Georgia House and State Senate, Scott has served as chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority and as Georgia Commissioner of Labor. He now serves as the president of the Savannah Chapter of the NAACP.
Scott said his priorities include keeping the county tax rate flat, upgrading the county’s bond rating, creating job opportunities with local contractors, maintaining a good working relationship with the county’s municipalities and improving long-term planning for the county.
During the 2013 inauguration of the Chairman, 8 Commissioners of Chatham County were also sworn in. They are: District 1 Commissioner Helen Lynah Stone; District 2 James J. Holmes; District 3 Commissioner Tony Center; District 4 Commissioner Patrick K. Farrell; District 5 Commissioner
Yusuf Shabazz; District 6 Commissioner Lori L. Brady; District 7 Commissioner Dean Kicklighter; and District 8 Priscilla D. Thomas.