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Local named DCA Board chairman

Special Photo. Frank Turner Jr. of Covington, second from left, was recently appointed chairman of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board. Also pictured are Secretary Bruce Williamson, Vice Chairman Bebe Heiskill and Commissioner Mike Beatty.

Special Photo. Frank Turner Jr. of Covington, second from left, was recently appointed chairman of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board. Also pictured are Secretary Bruce Williamson, Vice Chairman Bebe Heiskill and Commissioner Mike Beatty.

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board recently elected Frank Turner Jr. of Covington as its new chairman.

Turner is a partner at Greer, Stansfield & Turner, LLP in Covington. He is a member of the Newton County Industrial Development Authority, chairperson of the Newton County Land Trust Alliance, Inc., and serves on the board of directors of United Bank.

Turner received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia. Turner and his wife, Loy, have three children.

Turner was appointed to the DCA Board in 2005 to represent the state's 8th Congressional District.

New officers were elected at DCA's June 2 board meeting in Atlanta. The newly elected officers assume their positions on July 1.

"The newly elected board leadership team brings experience and a thorough knowledge of government operations. As DCA looks to make a more significant impact by partnering with Georgia communities, we look forward to the counsel our board members will provide," said DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs was created in 1977 to serve as an advocate for local governments. DCA operates a host of state and federal grant programs; serves as the state's lead agency in housing finance and development; promulgates building codes to be adopted by local governments; provides comprehensive planning, technical and research assistance to local governments; and serves as the lead agency for the state's solid waste reduction efforts.