February 26, 2014

Crossen plans to seek commission seat

From Staff Reports

— A former longtime director of the Whitfield County Recreation Department plans to run for the District 3 seat on the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners.

Roger Crossen said Wednesday he will seek the post. Qualifying begins Monday, March 3, and ends Friday, March 7.

Current District 3 Commissioner Robby Staten said earlier this month he will not seek re-election, saying he cannot guarantee he will live in the district through a possible second term.

“My goals if elected as commissioner are to keep Whitfield County financially strong with a limited budget, improve on the quality of life for our citizens and to make the hard decisions to ensure our tax dollars are spent effectively and wisely,” Crossen said.

Crossen, 61, was born in Dalton and graduated from North Whitfield High School in 1970. He attended Dalton Junior College, served in the U.S. Army for eight years and completed a degree in business management through the University of Maryland using the G.I. Bill.

He began working at the Whitfield County Recreation Department in August 1985 and became the department’s director in 1991. He left the position in July 2008. In 2011 Crossen began working at Coahulla Creek High School as the credit recovery coordinator and in-school suspension teacher.