Lincoln industrial authority chairman retiring

December 17, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Long-time chairman of the Lincoln County Industrial Development Authority, Bill Fox, announced his retirement this month, effective Dec. 31, the end of his current term.

Fox declined to comment, but his fellow board members said Fox was selfless in donating his time and efforts to the betterment of Lincoln County and will be missed.

"He's done an excellent job and all the board members are very, very thankful for all his hard work and dedication," said board member Jeff Ralston.

Fox has been a board member for more than 20 years.

Board members are appointed by Judge-executive Buckwheat Gilbert and Stanford Mayor Eddie Carter. Fox represented Stanford, so his replacement will be appointed by Carter.


Carter said he has not thought about who he would appoint.

He described Fox as top notch and said his service "went above and beyond the call of duty."

Perhaps one of Fox's greatest achievements while chairman was the conception and development of the Lincoln County Industrial Park, said board members. The park is slated to be finished before January.

It is located on U.S. 150 East and encompasses 235 acres. There are currently two companies eyeing the location, said Ralston, and Fox was instrumental in that regard.

Ralston said the board might hold a special meeting prior to its regular meeting date of Jan. 5, to appoint a new chairman. But even then Fox's absence will be felt.

"The board is going to have to move forward without him, and we're going to miss him tremendously," Ralston said.

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