Forsyth County Commissioner Brian Tam is moving back into a role in government just a day after his term on the Board of Commissioners officially comes to an end. According to a press release from Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Tam will be Cagle’s citizen appointment to the Judicial Qualification Commission (JQC) beginning January 1, 2017.
Tam was first elected to the Forsyth County Commission in 2004, re-elected in 2008, and again in 2012. During his time on the commission, Tam was involved in several Forsyth projects, including the outdoor shopping mall known as The Collection, the $200 million dollar transportation bond, and the Big Creek Greenway.
In the press release, Cagle noted Tam’s accomplishment’s not only as a politician, but as a business leader, “Brian has distinguished himself as not only one of Forsyth County’s most successful small business owners, but also as a dedicated public servant committed to advancing the interests of his state,” said. Lt. Governor Cagle. “He will be a great asset for Georgia as we work to ensure our judicial system upholds the highest ethical and moral standards.”
Tam will become part of a newly revamped Judicial Qualifications Commission, enacted by House Bill 808 and supported by voters during this year’s election. While the legislation requires that some of those appointed to the commission be members of the State Bar of Georgia, it requires that those appointed by The President of the Senate (Cagle) and the Speaker of the House be citizen members, not members of the state bar.
Tam’s appointment will run from January 1 through June 30 of 2017, and must be confirmed by the state senate. Members are limited to serving no more than two consecutive terms on the JQC, and the members who take over in June will hold their posts until 2020.
Staff Reporter Kelly Whitmire contributed to this report.