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01/05/05

Hundreds Turn Out for County Commission Swearing-In

Hundreds of people filled the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center last night to welcome the latest incarnation of the Chatham County Commission. Five new faces join the commission along with four members who've served already.

Pete Liakakis was sworn in as commission chair. Amid more pomp and circumstance than you might expect, Liakakis laid out his goals for the next four years.

Liakakis says things like crime and education are always important, but he's also pushing to have county employees keep to a code of ethics and get better communication between the county and every city.

"The first meeting, we're going to try to put things together and we're going to see a big change in our community," he said.

"Right off the bat, he's showing his good leadership and I'm looking forward to what we're going to do as a group," said commissioner Dean Kicklighter. "I think the county's going to see great things to come."

Liakakis says one of his main goals will be to work closer with every municipality and embrace the diversity throughout the county, represented by those in attendance last night. "We had a huge crowd here, people came from all walks of life and the place was packed," noted Liakakis.

Some of the other specific things the commission's hoping to tackle are streamlining the permitting process, drastically improving traffic problems and supporting education improvements.

"If we can accomplish the items that he laid out, this will be a very successful four years," said commissioner Harris O'Dell.

County commissioners say they're hoping they don't have to get too involved with problems at the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education, but will be willing to help if need be.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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