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Deal appoints 3 local people to state positions
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Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed three local people to statewide positions.

Charles Baker, Hall County clerk of Superior and State Courts, will serve on the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority.

The authority administers a statewide central index for Uniform Commercial Code filings for real estate and personal property records and for civil case filings. It also maintains the central database of notaries public.

Baker also serves with the Traffic Violation Bureau and as jury manager. Before his election to clerk of courts, he served 30 years as a deputy clerk and the last seven years as chief deputy clerk. During his career, he has worked in, managed and supervised the operations of the criminal, civil, real estate, courts and traffic violations bureau division of the clerk’s office.

Garrison B. Baker, a probate court judge for White County since 1983, will serve on the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.

The board works to preserve and improve access to historical records.

Baker, of Cleveland, also serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Probate Judges Retirement Fund, the White County Historical Society and Ninth District Opportunity Inc. He also is author of two books on local history and cultural heritage.

Deal also appointed Counte Cooley, Gainesville resident and president of Electronic Sales Co., to the Georgia State Construction Industry Licensing Board: Division of Low Voltage Contracts.

The board serves to safeguard the public against inadequate or faulty electrical, plumbing, conditioned air or low-voltage contracting, installation or repair.

Cooley has been a low voltage contractor since 1958 and has served as president and director of the Georgia Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and as vice president of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. Recently, Cooley was involved in chartering the new Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Systems Association.

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