Cherokee County Commissioner-elect Brian Poole will soon take office as the new commissioner for District 3 in Cherokee County.
He will follow Karen Bosch, who decided not to seek re-election to a third term in office.
Poole, 39, is the funeral home manager at Woodstock Funeral Home.
He graduated with an associate's degree in funeral science from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Science and he is in the midst of obtaining his bachelor's degree in finance from Liberty University.
Poole and wife Amy have two daughters and live in Towne Lake. They are members of First Baptist Church of Woodstock.
Poole discussed with Patch things he'd like to address during his first term in office.
1. Now that the dust has settled, how do you feel about starting this new position?
I am just thankful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Cherokee County. I have recently attended an ACCG (Association County Commissioners of Georgia) New Commissioner Training seminar and I will be attending other classes for commissioner certification in the near future.
2. What are some of your major goals you'd like to achieve? Are there any issues you want to specifically bring up?
I know that with our economy still in turmoil. We have to be good stewards of every tax dollar we take in. I hope to work with the economic development office and bring in new businesses that can help generate new revenues for our county. Economic development is critical for our county and that is my number one priority. Police, fire, and rescue services are also critical for our county.
3. What challenges do you think you face as an elected official?
The balance of being a parent, funeral home manager and now county commissioner may be a little overwhelming at first, (but) I look forward to the challenge and added responsibility.
4. What are you looking forward to the most?
I am looking forward to bringing new ideas to the commission office and working with other commissioners to get the best results for our county. Hosting town hall type meetings and getting to know the residents of Cherokee County is also something that is high on my list of priorities.
5. What do you think are some challenges facing Cherokee County?
Cherokee County has challenges just like any other county in Georgia. We need to really focus in on bringing new jobs to the area and getting our citizens back to work. Holding our elected officials accountable for decisions that affect the county is also extremely important.
6. Are there any smaller, less pressing issues you want to address?
All of the issues that come before the board of commissioners are big issues to someone and I will work to treat everyone with respect and will lend an ear to each and every citizen that has a concern.
7. What do you hope to take away from this experience?
My goal isn’t to take anything away, but to give the taxpayers proper representation.
8. What do you want voters to know about you?
I would like the voters to know that I intend to work my hardest to be a commissioner that they can be proud of and that they feel they can come to with any need or request. My entire family and I are looking forward to a wonderful New Year serving the citizens of what we feel is the best place to live — Cherokee County, Georgia.