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Industrial board to have 3 seats open
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Longtime IDB members Jeff Golden, left, and Tommy Foster shake hands following a meeting. Foster’s seat on the board is set to expire in August.

It was cause for speculation Thursday at the monthly Industrial Development Board meeting when director Don Alexander announced three of the board’s 10 seats are set to expire in August.

Tommy Foster, Sandra Haynes and Brent Nunley fill those three seats. They have all been appointed to serve on the IDB through McMinnville city government. 

The city and county each select five nominees to serve on the 10-member Industrial Development Board.

When contacted Friday, McMinnville Mayor Ryle Chastain said he hasn’t decided what direction he will take in deciding who to appoint to those three seats.

Sandra Haynes decided to err on the side of caution. Since Sandra won’t be able to attend the August IDB meeting due to a previous commitment, she decided to say her goodbyes on Thursday.

“I want to say what a privilege it’s been to serve on this board,” said Sandra. “In my time, Don has been the most engaged executive director we’ve had and I think he’s really done a great job.”

Sandra went on to say how the hard work of accountant Gerlinda Rogers is largely responsible for the IDB gaining financial independence. The board has not asked the city or county for funding in two years.

“When you can be self-sufficient, it really takes the politics out of industrial development and that’s the way it should be,” said Sandra.

Haynes said she would be honored to serve another six-year term, if asked. That decision is left up to Mayor Chastain, who will recommend his choices to the full Board of Mayor and Aldermen for approval.