Four members of the Madison County Citizens Service Agency's board of directors have resigned amid questions about a recent change in the board's makeup.

The agency provides goods and services to underprivileged residents in Madison County.

In October the Board of Supervisors added two at-large positions to the five-member board, which was initially set up to include representatives from each of the county's five districts. One appointed by each supervisor.

Immediately following the change, District 2 representative Terry Hawkins resigned and Supervisor Tim Johnson appointed Canton Police Chief Robert Winn to replace him.

This week District 1's Fred Richards, District 3's Worth Thomas and District 4's Reuben Myers also resigned.

Of the original five board members only District 5's Timmy Pickett remains and is currently joined by Winn and the two new at-large members, Nelson Cauthen and Rev. Floyd Chambers.

In a resignation letter to District 1 Supervisor John Bell Crosby, Richards expressed concern over the changes made to the boards.

"I have been concerned that the Board of Supervisors' decision to change the makeup of the Board of Directors of the Madison County Citizens Service Agency will not only adversely affect the operation of the agency, but effectively removes representation from all but one of the districts in the county," Richards wrote. "To put it more bluntly, I feel as if the Board of Supervisors has failed in its responsibility to oversee the expenditure of taxpayer dollars by making this move."

Agency director Barbara Gray said she was not currently commenting on the situation, but wanted to stress that the agency's main purpose was to take care of the county's elderly, poor and disadvantaged, something they will continue to do regardless.

Appointees to the board of directors serve on a voluntary basis and are not paid.

A meeting of the board of directors is scheduled for Monday at noon at the Winn-Job Center in Canton.