On August 26, 2016, based on the recommendation of Dr. Stephen Beam, Chair and unanimous vote of the Executive Board. Mr. Jimmy Williamson of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was appointed to the NCIMS Executive Board to fill the vacant Eastern States regulatory member position as a result of the retirement of Gary Newton from the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Section 8 of the NCIMS By-Laws added by the delegates at the last Conference specifies that Board vacancies occurring between Conferences shall be filled by the Chair and confirmed by the Board. The appointee serves until the next biennial or special meeting of the Conference, at which time the vacancy is filled for the balance of the term by a qualified registrant who is nominated by the Nominating Committee, or from the floor of the General Assembly, and is elected by the voting delegates.
G.M Gallaspy representing southeastern states in Region I provided the following information: “Mr. Williamson is the program manager and is a State Rating Officer for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s milk program. Mr. Williamson attended the last NCIMS Conference and has been South Carolina’s voting delegate for a number of conferences. He has served the conference on numerous committees and presently sits on council I. Jimmy’s knowledge of the dairy industry; his knowledge of how the NCIMS is structured; his knowledge of how the NCIMS committees and councils are able to work through multiple issues to accomplish the goals of the NCIMS and his personality would make him a very good candidate to fill this position.”