Northwest Georgia Regional Commission picks new executive director

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The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission has chosen Boyd Austin as its new executive director. The former mayor of Dallas, Georgia, starts with the commission Friday.

Boyd succeeds Lloyd Frasier, who worked for the commission for 49 years - with about 10 of those years as executive director, Frasier said. On Thursday, his last day of work before retirement, Frasier spoke with the Chattanooga Times Free Press by phone about the commission and the future of the region's workforce.

"He started from the bottom and worked his way all the way up," Ted Rumley, Dade County Commission chairman and county executive, said of Frasier. "When he started, he was actually a planner with different cities and counties. Lloyd's always been a loyal and a good person."

There are 12 regional commissions in Georgia, made up of eight to 17 counties.