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Civil service board seeks new member
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County’s civil service board heard an update Thursday on the newly-defined election process for its employee representative.

That spot on the three-member panel is temporarily being held by board-appointee Tim Perry.

Charity Clark, the board’s clerk, said the nomination process has opened and runs through Dec. 4.

The election will run for five days, starting Dec. 17. The board expects to have a new member by January.

Also during its monthly meeting, the civil service board:

* Reappointed Avery Howell to serve another four-year term as the neutral member.

Perry, the temporary member, and chairman Terry Smith voted in favor, with Howell abstained.

* Received a status report on the John Gooch case.

The former firefighter’s August 2009 firing was upheld by the board, and Gooch appealed to Forsyth County Superior Court.

Board hearing officer Dana Miles said the county’s motion to dismiss based on procedural grounds was denied and the case will move forward on the merits.

A hearing date has not been set.