County News and Updates

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May has been a busy month in Butts County…Relay for Life, Summer Fun Expo at the Park, building projects and more. Below is a short capture of some of the things that have been going on this month.

Property Sale

Butts County held a surplus property sale on Thursday, May 21st at the County Administration Building. The auction, which was coordinated by County Clerk Crystal Epps and the firm of Hudson and Marshall, auctioneers, successfully disposed of a number of land parcels that had been come into the ownership of the County due to failure to pay taxes. A near-capacity crowd was on hand to bid for parcels and the county’s gross sales totaled over $195,000.00 which more than covered all costs of back due taxes, attorney’s fees and more.

Fire Station

The new Indian Springs Fire Station is nearly complete and will be ready for occupancy within a few weeks. The final plans are being made for remapping county station coverage for the county that determines which station responds to fires and incidents based on where they are located. An opening and dedication ceremony is planned for June with a final date selection to be announced in the coming weeks.

Personnel Changes

As announced in recent weeks, the Commissioners are working selecting candidates for interviews from among those who applied for the County Administrator position with the County. The Administrator is in charge of the day-to-day operations and administration of the County and oversees county department heads under the direction of the Board of Commissioners. Michael Brewer, who has handled the duties of this position since December of 2011 will be transitioning to the position of Government Relations Manager once a new Administrator is selected. In this position, he will continue to handle public affairs, marketing of the county,  legislative coordination with the state delegates, working with other local governments on cooperative ventures, film and tourism among other duties. He has worked with the County since 1986. The Commissioners hope to name his successor in the coming weeks.

We are also pleased to welcome Lieutenant Scott Thurston who has been assigned by Sheriff Gary Long as our new County Code Enforcement Officer. Thurston is a graduate of Jackson High School and has an extensive background in law enforcement spanning over 30 years. He has worked in municipal and county law enforcement, including patrol, investigations and internal affairs. He also worked as the Chief Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office, Towaliga Judicial Circuit. His knowledge of Butts County, the citizens and the areas which need to be addressed in Code Enforcement will be invaluable to the County.

Development Activities

As reported earlier this year, the County issued permits to both Zaxby’s and Waffle House a few months ago and they will be constructing new restaurants on West Third Street. Although their business with the County has been completed for some time now, the County and the City of Jackson have continued to work with them on a cooperative venture that will make their parcels more accessible by motorists. Neither business has given a definitive timeline for when they plan to start construction and when the projects will be completed; this will be accomplished in relationship to their other ongoing projects schedule. Recently, Zaxby’s developers Mike and John Windham treated the employees of Community Development and Administration to a catered lunch consisting of a variety of Zaxby’s food. We are looking forward to welcoming both restaurants to Jackson in the near future.

Office Closings

Finally, all County Offices will be closed this Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day. Please remember all of those who have given their lives in the service of their country throughout its history. It is for them that this day is given and we recognize them. Have a great and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Surplus Property Auction

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Butts County is excited to announce its first real estate auction which will be held on May 21, 2015 at 7PM.  The auction will be in the auditorium of the Butts County Administration Building located at 625 W. Third Street, Jackson, GA.  The purpose of this auction is to rid the county of its surplus properties.  There will be approximately 100+ properties selling by order of the Butts County Board of Commissioners and many will sell absolute.  We highly encourage those that are interested in bidding to inspect all properties prior to auction day as all properties are selling “as-is, where-is”. Accepted forms of payment will be cash and certified funds.

Please click the brochure link below for more information on the properties and for the terms and conditions of the auction.  If you should have any questions concerning the upcoming auction, please contact Will Marshall at 404-983-1511 or email at willmarshall@hudsonmarshall.com or call Hudson & Marshall at 478-743-1511.

*Correction:  The selling of these properties are by order of the Butts County Board of Commissioners and not the Tax Commissioner as some copies of the brochure and property signs may state.  If you should have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the County Clerk at 770-775-8200 ext. 2402.

Real Estate Auction Brochure

 

Position Available: Library Clerk (Part Time)

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ButtsCountyGeD05aR03aP01ZL-Madison3a_mdmLibrary Assistant position available, Part Time.

Jackson/Butts County Public Library is looking for a part-time Library Assistant to work at the Jackson Public Library for a maximum of 29 hours per week including but not limited to some mornings, afternoons, evenings, plus a Saturday rotation.

We are looking for a dependable, energetic person with well-developed customer service skills, who works with a minimum of supervision and exercises excellent independent judgment; speaks effectively and is attentive to detail.

Duties include but are not limited to: Issuing library cards, checking materials in and out, collects and records fines and fees, sorts and shelves library materials, data collection and entry, preparing reports and information, and handling questions and complaints. Assists customers in learning how to use the library’s search tools i.e. computers, PINES and GALILEO. Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds.

Begins at $7.94 per hour and is dependent upon education, experience and funding.

Minimum Training and Experience: Must have graduated from high school and be familiar with computers. Preferred: Two years of library or library related experience, customer service skills, prior computer training and experience with PINES and GALILEO.

Employment is contingent upon a criminal background check and drug screening. Applications can be picked up at the Jackson/Butts County Public Library or from the Butts County Administration Building. You can also download a copy from the Butts County web site, http://buttscountyga.com . For more information, call the Butts County Public Library in Jackson Georgia at 770-775-7524.

Completed applications may be returned to either the Butts County Administration Building or the Jackson/Butts County Library. A complete application packet includes a resume with three professional references and a Butts County Employment application.

Applications may be downloaded here

Position Available: Leisure Services Director

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UPDATE: THIS POSITION HAS CLOSED TO APPLICANTS.

Butts County will be seeking applications for the position of Leisure Services Director. The selected applicant will oversee and administrate a broad range of programs associated with Leisure Services, including Parks & Recreation and associated duties. The position also provides assistance as well as serving as a liaison to the Butts County Historical Society.

Please read this entire document for instructions on applying and deadlines. Incomplete applications or applications which do not meet the requirements of the position will be rejected.

Under limited supervision, incumbent is responsible for managing the operations of the Leisure Services Departments of Parks & Recreation and providing liaison assistance for agencies assigned within the Leisure Services group. Functions include planning goals; developing, coordinating and managing the department budget; managing and directing subordinates; procuring and managing grants and donations; creating and implementing internal departmental policy and ensuring that policy is aligned with County policy; and ensuring that facilities and equipment is properly maintained and monitored. Position is also responsible for providing guidance and assistance as well as serving as a liaison to the Butts County Historical Society and on behalf of the County. Employee attends seminars and conferences directly pertaining to the responsibilities associated with the position. As Director, employee focuses on the supervision of all processes concerned with the recreational and leisure service outreach of the County. Incumbent reports directly to the Director of Operations and the County Administrator concerning personnel and operational aspects.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

1. Directly supervises, directs and evaluates subordinate management staff and other subordinate personnel within the Department.

2. Performs liaison duties with all agencies under the Leisure Services group, including advising and mentoring management staff as needed as well as the Historical Society as a County representative to that organization.

3. Manages the operations of the Department by directing and coordinating various activities of personnel engaged in providing leisure services and outreach of the department.

4. Ensures that all subordinates have met and continue to meet all federal, state and local certification requirements for their particular job class.

5. Ensures that all personnel are properly trained in their job assignments by assigning senior trainers and mentors to oversee employees.

6. Coordinates activities of internal and external personnel engaged in providing services to the Department.

7. Ensures that all facilities under their purview are safe, neat and presentable, in compliance with all government regulations concerning accessibility and are available for use by the public as required.

8. Plans, develops and communicates departmental goals in conjunction with County, City and other local agency goals and objectives.

9. Develops and monitors Department budget and ensures compliance with overall County budget. Works with and advises other agencies within the group on budgetary preparation.

10. Procures and manages grants and donations to support Division services.

11. Confers with local government and agency authorities for approval of major capital investments needed in establishing and maintaining levels of service provided to the county.

12. Cooperates with other agencies within the county and outside the county as needs determine.

13. Maintains and updates capital improvement plans for Department expansion or replacement of existing capital and files any and all paperwork accordingly.

14. Coordinates Department public relations activities, such as public service announcements, in conjunction with various groups and agencies in order to provide citizens with adequate information concerning Leisure Services projects and outreach.

15. Attends professional development seminars and courses designed to enhance current knowledge and coordinates the professional development of subordinates.

16. Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals involved in the operations of the department, including City and County officials, parents, community groups, vendors, etc.

17. Prepares and receives bids for services, equipment, work performed, special services, etc.

18. Acts to resolve problems, both internal and interdepartmentally.

19. Is a source of information and guidance to other managers assigned to the Leisure Services Division.

20. Submits weekly reports to the County Administrator’s Office on activities and accomplishments.

Education & Experience Required

Bachelor’s Degree in the field of one of the following: Recreation, Leisure Services, Sports & Recreation Management, Recreational Studies. A Master’s Degree is preferable. Experience of at least seven years of progressive management experience in the Parks and Leisure services field; or a combination of experience, education and training which provide the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position. Incumbent must hold a licensure to operate vehicles within the department and must undergo a background check.

Knowledge of Job

The level of complexity for this job classification is high. The incumbent has extensive knowledge of policies, procedures, practices, and activities of the department. Has extensive knowledge of the relevant laws, regulations, and guidelines as they pertain to the performance of the duties of the Director of Leisure Services. Also has a working knowledge of the machinations of affiliated agencies the Director liaisons with such Butts County Transit as well as Historical Services. Has the ability to effectively perform duties within the bounds of legal obligations. Has the ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information. Has the extensive knowledge of the principles of organization, planning management and supervision as required by the department. Is able to complete, process, and maintain a variety of reports, charts, equipment manifests and logs that are required in the performance of daily operations. Has good aptitude with computers. Is able to use independent judgment and discretion in the handling of various situations, determining and deciding upon procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards and resolving problems. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations involving decimals and percentages. Knows how to estimate time, materials and supplies required to complete various tasks. Possesses excellent communication skills both verbal and written, and is able to maintain positive relationships with all parties involved. Has the ability to schedule daily activities and to establish short and long term priorities in order to meet established goals. Is able to operate and maintain a variety of office equipment such as a computer, typewriter, and calculator. Is skilled in independent decision-making, judgment and discretion as necessary to perform daily routine and non-routine tasks.

To Apply: Applicants should submit an application (which may be obtained from the Commissioner’s Office or by clicking here with a cover letter and complete resume of qualifications to the attention of:

J. Michael Brewer, County Administrator
625 W. Third Street, Suite 4
Jackson, Georgia 30233

Applications must be received by Friday, May 8, 2015 by close of business (5PM). Butts County Georgia is an equal opportunity, drug-free workplace employer.

Position Available: County Administrator

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Please read this entire document for instructions on applying and deadlines. Incomplete applications or applications which do not meet the requirements of the position will be rejected.

Butts County, Georgia will be seeking applications for the position of County Administrator. The selected applicant will oversee and administrate a broad range of programs associated with the day to day operations of the County government under the direction and supervision of the elected Board of Commissioners. Selected applicant functions as the Chief Administrative Officer of the county government which serves approximately 23,655 residents. The County Administrator has oversight responsibility for those involved in the preparation and presentation of the annual budget; manages the current $19.6m general budget and an approximately $20m SPLOST program; supervises through subordinate staff the department heads of all county agencies not under the control of elected officers or appointed boards; prepares reports; serves on committees, boards or task forces as a representative of the County where applicable and ensures that the Commissioners have complete administration support of projects.

Experience & Knowledge Required:
Applicants should have a minimum of ten years of direct local government experience (county or municipal) in a senior management position (Department Head or higher) and should possess upon applying a detailed knowledge of local government law, structure, the principles of public administration, knowledge of budget principles, finance, bonding, governmental accounting, zoning laws and related.

Education Required:
The desired educational requirements would be a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration or Community Development or Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy or Public Administration plus Certified Local Government Manager and Certified County Official.

Skills Required:
– Ability to independently use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and email with competency
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills
– Ability to prepare budgets, draft policy, draft ordinances, draft agreements and associated.
– Ability to work as a team leader, facilitator and planner

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Works with the County Commissioners, both individually and collectively, other County Officers, the County Clerk, the Finance Staff, Department Heads and others in planning, organizing, directing and reviewing general procedures, methods, and policies as they pertain to the General Government of the County.

Supervises subordinate staff, directs, plans and supervises the internal administrative activities of the Administrative department as it’s department head.

Evaluates those directly supervised for quality of work and propriety of results.

Prepares and maintains reports to the Board; interprets data; may recommend changes in policy as needed.

Confers with the public on special or general matters related to county policy, interprets policies, objectives, and requirements.

Attends County Commission meetings and works with County Clerk on all aspects of meetings; prepares reports in a timely manner. Approves the Commissioner’s Docket.

Delegates and assigns routine office functions and clerical functions to subordinate staff as needed

Acts as a liaison between the County and the general public; represents the Board of Commissioners in a positive and professional manner with guidance from the same.

Receives, processes, delegates and completes requests from Commissioners.

Works closely with the Finance Staff and other Administrative staff to ensure the preparing the annual County budget presentation and acts as budget officer in the submission of the budget within timelines established in County Code; supervises budget process and individuals engaged in the budget process.

Works closely with the Personnel Administrator in personnel and disciplinary actions; serves as appeal hearing officer in adverse action cases (second level).

Briefs the Commissioners, the County Attorney and other applicable persons on any matters that require action by the Board.

Relays information to departments regarding orders from the Board, policy changes and general information as applicable or delegates through appropriate channels.

Relays requests and directives of the Board to the appropriate department heads for disposition.

Supervises County Department Heads in accordance with the Official Code of Butts County; assists as necessary.

Testifies in courts of law as required.

Performs other related duties as directed and required.

Knowledge of Job

The level of complexity for this job classification is high. The incumbent has thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the methods and principles of the County as they pertain to public administration, including basic accounting principles, general administration and planning/organization. Incumbent must develop good working knowledge of automated data processing systems as used by the County and must have general knowledge of the function and scope of all county departments. Has abilities in planning, organization and direction as applied to the diversified tasks incumbent upon this position and must be able to develop improvements as needed. Must be able to interact and maintain effective working relationships with County department heads on a regular basis as well as their staffs, other public officials, and the general public. Must be cognizant of local, State, and Federal guidelines, laws, and regulations and apply this to decisions made. Is able to properly and safely operate and maintain light office equipment such as telephone, facsimile machine, calculator, etc. Is able to understand and follow both oral and written instructions and complete work in a timely manner as prescribed. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology used within the job function. Incumbent is able to effectively provide supervision and direction as required to maintain standards of operations and is skilled in independent decision-making, judgment and discretion necessary to perform routine and non-routine tasks. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations and is knowledgeable of the established standards of productivity and quality of work to be maintained in the performance of the job. Has the ability to organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities. Incumbent must be able to work with little supervision and be able to interact with superiors and subordinates.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a completed Butts County application (which can be downloaded by clicking here, along with a resume and list of references to the attention of:

J. Michael Brewer, County Administrator
625 W. Third Street, Suite 4
Jackson, Georgia 30233

Applications must be received by Friday, May 8, 2015 by close of business (5PM). Butts County Georgia is an equal opportunity, drug-free workplace employer.

Board of Commissioners to Meet April 13th

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The Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop on April 13, 2015 at 5PM and a regular meeting following at 6PM in the C. Wayne King Auditorium at 625 W. Third Street, Jackson, GA.  The public is invited to attend.

The Commission meets on the 2nd  Monday of each month at the above location unless otherwise posted.  For more information, contact the County Clerk, Crystal Griggs-Epps at cepps@buttscounty.org.

Office Closings for Good Friday

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The following offices will be closed today for Good Friday:

  • Butts County Tax Assessors
  • Butts County Tax Commissioners
  • Butts County Clerk of Court
  • Butts County Magistrate Court
  • Butts County Probate Court
  • Butts County Superior Court

All other County offices will be open today during normal business hours.