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July 25, 2007

JASPER COUNTY MANAGER OBVIOUSLY “FED UP”

An interesting story appeared in the Athens Banner Herald today. Greg Williams, current Jasper County Manager, is obviously fed up. He has applied for, been interviewed, and is now one of the three in the running to be the next Jackson County manager.

http://onlineathens.com/stories/072507/news_20070725056.shtml

Manager search pared to three for Jackson County

By Don Nelson | Staff Writer | Story updated at 9:47 PM on Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Jackson County officials on Tuesday named three finalists to replace fired County Manager Crandall Jones - county managers from Jasper and White counties and a former county manager who worked with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia for the past 10 years.

The Jackson County Commission narrowed its top administrative search to Alton Brown, White County's manager; Michael James Stewart, assistant director for administration with the ACCG; and C. Gregory Williams, Jasper County manager, interim manager Leonard Myers said Tuesday afternoon.

A committee comprised of Myers, commission Chairwoman Pat Bell and Commissioner Bruce Yates will talk to the three finalists over the next two weeks about pay and benefits, Myers said.

"We're going to try to develop a compensation package to offer the position to one of the three," he said. "We have to know what their salary requirements and benefit package (expectations) are."

Commissioners should hire one of the three by Aug. 8, Myers said.

Three of five Jackson County commissioners voted in February to fire Jones, without citing a reason. In May, the county agreed to pay Jones $350,000 to avoid a lawsuit.

More than 50 people applied for Jones' job, but only about half of those were qualified, according to Jackson County Commissioner Jody Thompson. The commission then narrowed the field to five semifinalists, but two of those withdrew, Myers said.

Brown, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, has served as White County manager in Cleveland since 2003. He worked as city administrator at Dickson, in west-central Tennessee, from 1993 to 2001 and has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee.

Stewart has worked with the ACCG since April 1997. Before that, he served as county manager in Lowndes County from 1993 to 1997 and in Ware County from 1991 to 1993. He has a master's degree in public administration from Valdosta State University.

Williams has been county manager in Jasper County for a year and a half. Prior to that he was county administrator for Rockdale County from 1999 to 2005. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Jacksonville Sate University.

Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 072507

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http://www.taxdogs.com/GWilliamsResignation_Rockdale.pdf
http://www.taxdogs.com/action060407.htm
http://www.taxdogs.com/managerblunder082606.htm
http://www.taxdogs.com/alcohol111106.htm

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