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Glynn County Board of Commissioners Chairman: Commissioner Tom Sublett, found dead Tuesday, an 'inspirational leader'

11:28 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Police are calling Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett's death a homicide, but releasing few details at this time.

He was found floating in the water near St. Simons Marina around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation, trying to figure out what happened.

First Coast News has found a more personal glimpse of Sublett through video of him on his sister's Facebook fan page. It shows him in January endorsing her for City Council in Virginia.

"Being a public servant and being an elected official is not for everybody. But if you're an intelligent, articulate, open-minded person, you can have passionate debates about issues but not take it personally or make it personal, they will be successful leaders in the community and I know my sister is very, very capable of being a good, thoughtful leader," Sublett said in the video.

52-year-old Sublett was elected to the Glynn County Board of Commissioners in Georgia in 2008.

Richard Strickland, chairman of the Board, said Sublett had a huge impact on the community, from being involved with United Way, to being the past chair of the Glynn County Chamber of Commerce, and an active leader at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

"He was just an inspirational leader for the rest of the commissioners ... he liked to cut the fool, he was a jokester he was always messing with the rest of the commissioners," Strickland said.

Investigators say Sublett was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Monday night when he dropped off a friend in the Sterling area and was headed home.

Around 2:30 Tuesday morning, his wife Carol called the friend he had been with to say he had not arrived, then called police to report him missing.

Around 4 a.m., his car was found abandoned at a county park on St. Simons Island along the river.

Police launched boats looking for him.

Around 6 a.m. a friend found Sublett's body floating in the water between a boat and a dock.

An autopsy of Sublett's body is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

If you have any information on his death, you can call a Special Tip Line that has been set up at (912) 554-7847.

First Coast News

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