The Warner Robins agency in charge of development projects in the city is about to undergo a change of cast.
Monday night, after a tie-breaking vote from the mayor, council decided to change the make-up of the Redevelopment Agency.
Shaheen sided with councilmen Tom Simms, Jr., Daron Lee, and John Williams.
They all say removing mayor and council from the RDA board and replacing them with seven members from the community will allow city projects to progress quicker.
The new structure will take out the "politics" and make room to bring in development expertise, they say.
"You have to use your resources, and we have an excellent pool of people out there," Simms said.
Councilmen Bob Wilbanks, Paul Shealy, and Mike Daley voted against the change.
Wilbanks says his main concern is with the make-up of the new board, which he thinks raises ethical questions.
"You do not put the fox in charge of the hen house," Wilbanks said.