Chris Thomas (green striped tie) was approved by DAPC Board vote to take over the job of CEO/President on June 4, 2021.

The Development Authority of Polk County’s Board of Directors decided unanimously during their morning meeting that Chris Thomas is their man to lead the local economic development authority into the future.

The DAPC board gave their approval to Thomas, who hails from Taylorsville, to start immediate as the new CEO and President of the organization. It came just a minute or two after the start of June session for the DAPC and two weeks after a special called session announcing their sole candidate for the job.

Thomas is hitting the ground running after his first day of work began with his approval, and already set to work meeting officials around the county as he gets started in his new role. DAPC Board Chair Jamie Morris echoed the excitement that the rest of the board has in bringing Thomas on board to lead the authority.

“We’re happy to have Chris, he comes from Cartersville with a lot of experience,” Morris said. “He’s eager to get to work, and we’re eager to get him to work. We’re busy. There’s a lot of activity going on in our community right now and I think he’s going to have a full plate as soon as he joins us.”

Thomas stepped out briefly from the meeting to allow the board to vote, but stepped back in for the final minute of business.

He comes to the DAPC after a stint with the LakePoint Sports Development Group and the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce as their membership director. He has a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University where he earned a degree in Business Administration.

He also is the music director for Taylorsville Baptist Church, which is also where he calls home.

During a brief meeting for the Development Authority’s board for the public portion, the board also approved meeting minutes from recent sessions as well before going into an executive session.

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