Author: Michael Brewer

Notice of Amendment to Local Act Establishing the Butts County Board of Commissioners

The Butts County Board of Commissioners, pursuant to the Home Rule powers granted under the Georgia Constitution, will amend Article I, Section 12 of the Butts County Code, as originally enacted and amended by local acts of the Georgia General Assembly, so as to abolish the current requirement that the County Administrator of Butts County reside within Butts County. A copy of the full text of this amendment is on file at the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of Butts County and at the office of the Butts County Board of Commissioners, and is available for public inspection. This amendment was first read at the Butts County Board of Commissioners regular meeting held on December 11, 2017, and will be considered for final adoption at the regular meeting of the Butts County Board of Commissioners to be held on February 12, 2018. Additionally, the full text of this amendment is posted below: AN ORDINANCE ENACTED UNDER THE HOME RULE FOR COUNTIES PROVISION OF THE GEORGIA CONSTITUTION; TO AMEND ARTICLE I, SECTION 12 OF THE BUTTS COUNTY CODE; TO REPEAL A PROVISION REQUIRING THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR TO RESIDE IN BUTTS COUNTY; AND TO CONTINUE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT ALL REMAINING PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE I, SECTION 12 OF THE BUTTS COUNTY CODE CONCERNING THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of Georgia, at Article 9,...

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Position Available: Chief Financial Officer

Butts County, Georgia is seeking applications for the position of Chief Financial Officer. A resume of qualifications detailing work experience, education and knowledge of the functions and practices associated with this type of position, along with an application (See below)  should be mailed or delivered to: Butts County Commissioner’s Office Attention: Steve Layson, Interim County Administrator 625 West Third Street, Suite 4 Jackson, Georgia 30233 Deadline to apply: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by 12:00 PM Application Available HERE A detailed job description and requirements associated with the position are detailed below: JOB DESCRIPTION CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER BUTTS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Purpose Statement The job of Chief Financial Officer was established for the purposes of directing business programs and financial services; providing information and serving as a resource to others; achieving defined objectives by planning, evaluating, developing, implementing and maintaining services in compliance with established guidelines; and serving as a member of the leadership team. Essential Functions Analyzes a variety of financial information (e.g. revenues, expenditures, cash management, cost projections, real estate, insurance, etc.) for the purpose of providing direction and support, making recommendations, maximizing use of funds, and/or ensuring overall operations are within budget. Assists a variety of external agency personnel (e.g. auditors, grant representatives, regulatory agency staff, etc.) for the purpose of providing information, general support, and risk assessment of county operations. Collaborates with internal and external...

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County Office Closings, Court Postponements

Due to considerable ice on roads that has not yet melted and which will refreeze this evening, we will delay opening County Administration Offices tomorrow until 11:00 AM. Probate Court will not hold traffic court tomorrow but will postpone until the February 13th court calendar. Please contact them at 770-775-8204 if you have questions once they reopen. The Clerk of Superior Court will delay opening until 1:00 PM on Thursday. The Magistrate Court will close all day on Thursday. All County Ordinance Hearings scheduled for 9:30 AM, Thursday January 18, 2018 have been canceled and will be rescheduled on the next available hearing calendar. New hearing notices and subpoenas will be issued, and sent to all parties once the office re-opens. They anticipate opening for business as usual on Friday, January 19, 2018. We continue to urge drivers to stay off of the roads today and tonight. There will be many areas where the roads will be extremely dangerous once refreezing occurs and many have not melted yet. Please avoid using...

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Minutes of the January 9 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting (Unapproved)

BUTTS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING JANUARY 9, 2018 Present: Joe Brown, District 3 Russ Crumbley, District 5, Chairman Keith Douglas, District 4 Robert Henderson, District 2 Ken Rivers, District 1, Vice Chairman Staff: Steve Layson, Interim County Administrator Michael Brewer, County Clerk Chiquita Barkley, County Controller Mike O’Quinn, County Attorney MINUTES The Board of Commissioners met at 5:30 PM for a workshop to discuss a number of items on the agenda for the 6:00 PM meeting. These included the First Reading on an Outdoor Burning Ordinance, a GCIC Policy for Records Retention and a Policy for Appointments to Boards. The workshop concluded at 5:50 PM and the Board was in recess until 6:00 PM. Chairman Robert Henderson called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 PM and welcomed all present. He then asked Commissioner Douglas to give the invocation, followed by the pledge of allegiance. Item 2018-01-001: Approval of Docket (with no additions) Upon a motion by Mr. Douglas, seconded by Mr. Rivers, the docket was approved with unanimous consent. Item 2018-01-002: Approval of December 2017 Minutes Upon a motion by Mr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Crumbley, the minutes were approved with unanimous consent. Item 2018-01-003: Election of Chairman for 2018 Chairman Robert Henderson relinquished the gavel and turned the meeting over to County Clerk Michael Brewer. Mr. Brewer then declared the Chairman’s seat...

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Remembrance of Dr. Van Whaler

We are sad to learn of the passing of Dr. Van G. Whaler, who served for many years as our County Administrator. Dr. Whaler passed away on January 6th, 2018. A Management Consultant who advised many counties all over Georgia, he served twice as Interim County Manager, first from 1996-1998 and again from 2000-2001. In 2004, he moved to Butts County and accepted the position full time as County Administrator, serving for the next five years in that roll. Dr. Whaler wrote two grants that totaled over $750,000.00 towards the the Griffin Technical College campus in Butts County (now Southern Crescent Technical College), as well as wrote grants that paid for the Butts County Senior Citizens Center building and other facilities. He also led the local project management team that guided the County Administration Building project, the renovation and expansion of the Clerk of Court Offices, the renovation and expansion of the Public Library and the expansion of the Butts County Jail, as well as other various projects paid for by SPLOST. He also developed fiscal policies that have guided the County to have one of the best bond ratings in Georgia as well as reserve funds that exceeded the recommended level. A Veteran of the United States Army, Dr. Whaler was awarded a battlefield commission to the rank of Second Lieutenant and the Bronze Star Medal for his...

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County Controller Says Farewell

Butts County’s Chief Financial Officer will be stepping down from her post after nearly five years on the job. Chiquita Barkley, who has served as Butts County’s Controller since mid-2013, gave her notice to Chairman Robert Henderson and Vice Chairman Joe Brown on January 3, 2018, citing a desire to pursue new opportunities. In a statement released to County employees and elected officials yesterday, Barkley stated “It is with a heavy heart that I say farewell to each of you. My decision to leave Butts County after nearly 5 years of service has not come easily. I love this job, the great team I work with in my day-to day, and the citizens I have gotten to know over the years. I am honored to call you all ‘friend’!” She continued “I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity, experiences and knowledge I have gained during my tenure here. I am especially grateful to the seated and past Board of Commissioners for entrusting this great county to me and my leadership”. Barkley, the third person to hold the position since it was created fifteen years ago, made it her focus to work on areas of financial accountability, ensuring that the treasury of the County was properly managed and that spending, fiscal and investment policies were closely followed in a regulatory environment where public funding policy often changed with each legislative...

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