Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 14, 2014

Commission makes history

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — Tuesday morning’s Thomas County Commission meeting became a historic event as the board elected its first black chairman.

Moses Gross was nominated by Commissioner Phillip V. Brown. The nomination was seconded by Wiley E. Grady and the board’s vote was unanimous.

Commissioner Kenneth E. Hickey was nominated by Mark NeSmith for vice chairman. He was also approved unanimously.

After Gross took his seat as chairman, he said, “I’m humbled. I want to thank my peers for the election.”

He then addressed former Chairman Elaine Mays, saying, “I also want to thank former Chairman J. Elaine Mays. I hope I can be as good.”

Hickey also thanked the board.

“It’s a service and honor to serve the city of Thomasville,” he said.

Never before in Thomas County’s history has there been an African American Board of Commissioners Chairman.

Gross is the first.

After numerous calls, Gross was unable to be reached for further comments.