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POSTED: June 7, 2010 2:14 p.m.
Bryan County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Burnsed has been appointed to serve on the state’s Public Health Commission.
Gov. Sonny Perdue recently announced the executive appointment, as well as several others.
Burnsed said he is honored that the governor would choose him to serve on what he called “a very important commission.”
“The public health system in Georgia is tremendously under funded, and that could be a focus for this health care issue all around us,” he said.
Burnsed has served as chair of the Bryan County Board of Health for the past five years but said he’s still got a lot to learn. This will be his first time serving on a state board or commission.
“I’m certainly looking forward to serving … It will be interesting to see how things play out on the state level,” he said.
Burnsed, 70, is the chairman and chief executive officer of Bryan Bank and Trust.
In addition to serving as chairman for both the county commissioners and health board, he is a member of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club and the Richmond Hill Lions Club. He also serves on the Coastal Regional Commission Council.
Burnsed attended Armstrong State College. He and his wife, Becky, have four children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The Public Health Commission was created by the General Assembly in HB 228 and becomes effective July 1.
The commission’s charge is to examine whether Georgia’s interested are best served with public health being a part of the Department of Community Health, an attached agency, an independent agency or a part of some other organizational structure.
Of the nine members to serve on the commission, five are appointed by the governor, two by the lieutenant governor and two by the speaker of the House.
Perdue’s other appointments to the Public Health Commission include Lynne Feldman of Valdosta, John T. “Ted” Holloway of Hoboken, Diane Z. Weems of Savannah and Phillip L. Williams of Watkinsville.
In addition, Bryan County Commissioner Rick Gardner was recently named to serve as chairman of the Health and Human Services policy committee of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG).
He, along with 11 other county commissioners from across the state, will serve as chairmen or vice chairmen through April 2011.
 

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