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Commissioners approve appointments to county Industrial Development Board

Commissioners elected eight directors for the the Washington County Industrial Development Board during their Feb. 23 meeting.
The IDB is a statutory board whose members are elected by the governing body of the municipality to hold office for staggered terms of two, four and six years. Thereafter, members are reappointed to serve continuous six-year terms.
Directors serve without compensation, and no officers or employees of the municipality can be members.
Action was required last week because five of the members’ terms had expired and three of the remaining members were unable to continue serving for various reasons.
IDB directors reappointed with unanimous approval are Walter Tittle Sr., Chuck Mason, Doug Garland, Joe Thomas and Bob Williams.
Joining the board as newly appointed members are Larry Mullins, Linda Crouch-McCreadie and Charles Allen.
Mullins founded Industrial Electronic Services Inc. in Gray in 1995, which provides a full range of electronic manufacturing services utilizing the latest technologies. He also serves on the Tennessee State Aeronautics Commission, and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Foundation Board.
Crouch-McCreadie is a retired lawyer who practiced 28 years with Baker Donelson, Bearman and Caldwell, the first 13 years in Memphis and the next 15 years in Johnson City. She specialized in financial institutions, corporate and securities and mergers and acquisitions. She has owned Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough since 2000.
Allen is a private investor, consultant and entrepreneur with offices located in Jonesborough. In 1984, he founded Charles E. Allen Co., which develops and manages self-storage facilities under the name Stowaway Storage. He also served two terms in the Tennessee General Assembly from 1990-1994.
Mayor Dan Eldridge said he was looking for specific qualifications when considering his nominations to the county commission.
“The IDB is an independent body that acts as a conduit for economic development,” he said. “Members evaluate opportunities and take the lead in facilitating financial and development contracts.”
Eldridge said the new appointees strengthen the board with their business knowledge, financial experience and expertise in analysis.