CUMBERLAND —The Cobb Chamber of Commerce announced last month that Gary Bottoms, president of Marietta-based insurance agency The Bottoms Group, will be the 2017 chair of the chamber’s board.

Bottoms will succeed Terry DeWitt, executive vice president and chief financial officer at First Landmark bank, as the chamber’s chair in January.

“Our Chamber is extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to name Gary Bottoms as our new 2017 Chairman,” David Connell, president and CEO of the Cobb chamber, said in a statement. “Gary brings a valuable skill set to our organization, and I’m certain his experience as a successful small business owner and his commitment to this community will serve our Chamber and its members well. Gary will be leading the Chamber during a pivotal year for Cobb County.”

Bottoms, a graduate of Georgia Tech, has been involved in the Cobb chamber for about 30 years, according to a news release, including serving on the chamber’s board of directors and as the vice chair of the Marietta Area Council in 2014. He has also served on a board of Cobb’s Competitive EDGE, an economic development initiative of the chamber and its partners, since its inception in addition to leadership roles in The Cobb Community Foundation, The Cobb Schools Foundation, the Center for Family Resources and the WellStar Foundation.

He and his wife, Melissa, have been married 41 years with three adult children and three grandchildren. They are founding members of City Church Marietta, according to the release.

The 2017 chamber chair was originally scheduled to be former KSU president Dan Papp, who resigned from the university in May just before an audit from the University System of Georgia was made public that showed he received about $577,500 that he should have only received in retirement while he was still working at the university.

The audit, obtained by the CBJ through an open records request in June, also showed Papp received about $13,980 he was not entitled to in 2011 in compensation for accrued vacation time — money the audit states Papp repaid — as well as $40,000 above what he should have received as a vehicle allowance since 2012.

Additional audits released the same day show conflicts of interest and an alleged bid rigging scheme on the part of two other KSU employees, who have since been fired: Gary Coltek, former KSU dining director, and Randy Shelton, former assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services and Programs.

Papp announced in July he would not be taking over as the chamber’s 2017 chair.

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