Bulloch County Commissioner Carolyn Ethridge announced Monday that she does not plan to seek re-election to the commission.
She was appointed in 2010 to finish out a term left vacant by state Rep. Jan Tankersley, who left the commission seat 2A to run for office. Ethridge then ran unopposed in 2012.
"Six years is long enough on the job," she said. "It is time to let someone else take the County Commission role."
She recently made a career move as vice president of Statesboro Bank, a division of Glennville Bank, she said. The former market leader at Statesboro's BB&T bank has 29 years of banking experience.
She is a 2001 graduate of the Georgia Banking School, a 2007 graduate of the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Bulloch program, a 1998 graduate of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Glynn program and a 2006 graduate of the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending.
Ethridge is active in civic organizations as well, serving as membership chair and past president of the Downtown Statesboro Rotary Club and on the Coastal District Development Authority Board Loan Committee. She attends Connections Church of Statesboro and is married to Mike Ethridge. The couple has three children: Kasey DeMott, Jim Kopotic and Sam Kopotic.
She said she has enjoyed her tenure as commissioner and will miss it, but she feels she must focus her attention elsewhere, as she is involved in various employment activities and duties and feels the role of commissioner requires one's full attention.
She "learned a lot" during her six years on the board, she said. "It made me realize what all is involved and what goes into what our leaders must do. I am glad I did it but feel like six years is enough."
Being an effective county commissioner means "doing your homework," she said.
"I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with. This is an important role, and it has been a very rewarding experience for me."
Qualifying for the upcoming general primary election (May 24) is March 7–11.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.