What is the SCRA?
The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority was established under authority of the State of Georgia to revitalize and redevelop the established area. The SCRA has authority to issue bonds and assist in financing infrastructure improvements that will foster economic growth and vitality in South Cobb. Additionally, the SCRA owns over 50 acres of land near I-20 and Six Flags. The SCRA is currently marketing this property for redevelopment opportunities.
The SCRA Board consists of seven members. Four members are appointed by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners to serve four-year terms. The remaining three members are appointed by representatives of the Cobb County Delegation to the Georgia General Assembly whose districts are entirely or in-part located in the SCRA’s physical jurisdiction, and will serve four-year terms.
The SCRA Board
Chairman, Doug Stoner
Doug Stoner is a life long resident of South Cobb, graduating from Campbell High School and earning a B.S. of Political Science and Government from Kennesaw State University. As a multi generation Cobb County business owner and resident, Doug was naturally drawn to civic service. He was first appointed to the Smyrna Downtown Development Authority in 1991 and served until 2016 as the Vice Chairman of that authority. He was next appointed in 1995 to the Cobb Transit Board, which oversees and advises the Cobb Commission on Cobb Community Transit.
Doug was elected Chairman of the Cobb Transit Board by his fellow board members in 1999 and served as Chairman till his election to Georgia General Assembly in 2002 to represent Smyrna and South Cobb.
Doug served one term in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004. In 2004, he was elected to the Georgia State Senate representing South Cobb. Doug served in the Georgia Senate till 2012. He was elected Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus in 2010 by his fellow Senators. During his 8 year tenure in the Georgia Senate he also served as the Vice Chair of the State Institutions and Properties Committee, Chairman of the Senate Intermodal, Rail, and Transit Subcommittee and as Ranking member of the following Senate Committees, Transportation, Regulated Industries and Public Utilities, Economic Development, and State and Local Government Operations.
In 2011 as Senator, Doug authored and passed the local legislation that expanded the South Cobb Development Authority into the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority(SCRA) and its broader mission of redevelopment and revitalization of unincorporated South Cobb. In 2013, after finishing 10 years of service in the Georgia General Assembly, Doug was appointed to the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority. He was elected Vice Chairman of the SCRA in September 2013.
Doug resides in the City of Smyrna with his wife Della and his two daughters. He is a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Smyrna First United Methodist Church, and Cobb County Democratic Party.
Vice-Chairman, Daryl Watkins
Darhyl L. Watkins was appointed to the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority by the Board of Commissioners in 2011. He is a Management Consultant with over 25 years of experience in driving process efficiencies, organizational changes and operational growth. He has worked with such consulting firms as Ernst & Young, Oracle, Deloitte and KPMG. He has also been an active resident of West Cobb County for over 25 years. He has been active in activities ranging from youth athletics, community improvement planning and voter education.
Secretary, Herschel R. Tolson, Jr.
Herschel R. Tolson, Jr. is the President/CEO of Premier Learning Academy (PLA) located in South Cobb. PLA provides education to children from Infants to 12 years of age, and has built a platform of developmental milestones. One goal of PLA is to lay the foundation for children's future educational endeavors. Prior to relocating to Georgia in 2011, Herschel was appointed and served as Deputy Director of Contract Compliance for Cook County Government and Cook County Health and Hospital Systems in Chicago, IL for eight years.
He was responsible for the review of bid and professional service/sole source contracts to ensure compliance to a mandated ordinance. He also worked with major corporations in the development of their Supplier Diversity Program as it relates to Governmental affairs. Prior to his work with Cook County Government, Herschel served in the Insurance industry for 14 years securing licenses in all lines of insurance, including Series 6 and Series 63 licenses. While in Chicago, Herschel invested in several real estate ventures including acquisition, rehabilitation and development.
Herschel earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing/Economics with a concentration in Accounting and Advertising, at Xavier University of Louisiana. He also obtained certification as an American Contract Compliance Administrator from Morgan State University.
Herschel lives in Georgia with his wife Elise and his two daughters. He has been actively involved on the Finance Council at his church as well as being very instrumental in assisting with the improvement of various areas in South Cobb.
Treasurer, Ed Richardson
Ed currently serves as President of Richardson Management Group, LLC (RMG), an executive recruiting and staffing firm headquartered in Smyrna, GA. Prior to founding RMG, Ed served in various management and technical positions at The Home Depot, SciTek, Alltel, and Accenture. His 20+ years of experience span Information Technology, Retail, Telecommunications and Government Contracting environments.
Ed received his B.S. in Mathematics from Morehouse College and his M.S. in Operations Research from Georgia Tech. Ed’s civic involvement includes current and past leadership roles with the Cobb Schools Foundation, Floyd Middle School Foundation, Centennial Plaza Apartments and Hylton Point Apartments for older adults.
Board Member, Dale Kaetzel
Dale Kaetzel is the park president of Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water. The entertainment veteran was appointed earlier this year after previously serving in the same role at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Northern California. At Six Flags Atlanta properties, Kaetzel is responsible for all park operations, strategic direction and general management duties.
Prior to joining Six Flags, Kaetzel spent eight years as a senior executive at four of five Paramount Parks, including as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto. Prior to Paramount, Kaetzel served for 13 years in senior executive, marketing and operations roles for Centre Management/MCI Center in Washington, D.C., a preeminent sports and entertainment venue, now called the Verizon Center and home to major NBA, WNBA and NHL franchises and other live entertainment events.
In the mid-eighties Kaetzel served as Director of Marketing for the San Francisco Giants, and was part of many memorable campaigns including the anti-mascot Crazy Crab, Croix de Candlestick, and the 1984 MLB All Star Game. Mr. Kaetzel’s prior experience in theme park, venue and entertainment management showcases his expertise to take Six Flags Atlanta properties through a multiyear transformation as the Southeast’s leading entertainment destination.
Board Member, Edrick Harris
As Senior Vice President of Development for the Prestwick Development Company, Edrick focuses on new development and redevelopment opportunities throughout the Southeast. Edrick leads the team which is responsible for development of affordable multifamily, independent senior living, and tax credit acquisition and rehabilitation.
Edrick Harris has more than 15 years of experience in real estate development. His previous project experience allows him to assist the company in the creation and implementation of new development opportunities. His team responsibilities include sourcing multifamily opportunities throughout the Southeast.
Prior to joining Prestwick Development, Edrick served as the Director of Real Estate Development for H.J. Russell and Company and Vice President with the Benoit Group, successfully completing over 20 projects including several mixed income and mixed use projects. His project portfolio includes several key revitalization projects such as Historic Westside Village, The Legacy at Castleberry Hill, and the Villages of Carver. Of note, the Villages at Carver is a $63 million redevelopment that included market, PHA, LIHTC, and Tax Exempt Bond financed units. The total program was 667 units in 5 phases completed over 9 years.
Edrick has also worked for the city of Kennesaw as the Planning and Zoning Administrator serving as the department lead. His duties included plan review, development consultation, and planning & zoning analysis. He received a bachelors in real estate and a planning master’s degree from Georgia Tech.