Cupid took office in January after defeating former Commissioner Woody Thompson in last year’s Democratic primary.
She took what county Chairman Tim Lee described as an unusual step by having candidates fill out a formal application to be considered for selection.
Among the questions on her application were age and race, which Cupid said she included to “better ensure that the diversity of applicants reflects the diversity of the district.”
In hindsight, Cupid said, “I’m quite pleased to see the result.”
Cupid said she initially had names and addresses of the applicants covered so she could make the selection based on qualifications rather than how well she knew the person.
“I would say there were two or three that were just glaringly obvious from knowing them in the community, but most of them I didn’t know,” she said.
Cupid said she received about 75 applications. Twenty appointments will be announced today on her website. They must be ratified by the Board of Commissioners.
“If the decision was close for a position, I reviewed names of applicants and assessed what I have observed or heard about their level of involvement, commitment, and heart in, toward, and for Cobb, District 4 especially,” she said.
Three people were appointed without applications. One was Murray Homan, who was reappointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a year. Another was Six Flags President Dale Kaetzel, whom Cupid appointed to the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority to replace Melinda Ashcraft, who retired as president of Six Flags. A third was Joel Cope, who was reappointed to the Neighborhood Safety Council.
“There was a misunderstanding about him needing to send in an application since his term has yet to expire,” she said.
Cupid said she opted not to name anyone to the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority since the terms of the current members don’t expire until 2015.
That leaves three open positions. One of those is for the Board of Adjustment and Appeals.
“No one applied for this position and it was vacant under Woody Thompson,” she said.
Another that remains open is for the Electrical Advisory Board. Cupid said she was unable to make contact with Thompson’s appointee and no one applied for that position, either.
A third position open is for the Heating and Air Conditioning Advisory Board. No one applied for this position and it was vacant under Thompson.