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Finalists named for growth director
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Midway Mayor Don Emmons - photo by Courier file photo
The director finalists

• Sean Martin from Washingon
• Jeff Ricketson from Florida
• Russ Adams from South Carolina

Three finalists for director of the Fort Stewart Growth Management Partnership have been recommended to the board overseeing the partnership.
And the board went over their qualifications during a special meeting Friday morning. The selection committee made the recommendations after seven phone interviews last week.  
“These three sort of jumped out to all of us as being the best three in the bunch,” said Sonny Timmerman, executive director of Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission and doubling as the partnership’s temporary director.
The group narrowed interviewing to take place during the first couple weeks in March.
John McIver, board chairman, said he tends to look at longevity potential when reviewing candidates.
“If you hire someone in that position, you want to make sure they’re going to stay here,” McIver said.
But with a “tendency to assume that we’re attractive,” Tom Ratcliffe wanted the interviews to include guided tours around the county.
“If you let them wonder around in the forest, they’ll never see what we want,” Ratcliffe said.
“In the end, we hope, this will become a LCPC position when growth management is done,” Timmerman said. “So they need to be sold on Liberty County, yes, and they need to be sold on our region.”
But time is of the essence and the board wanted to get the program going.
“We can’t keep dilly dallying,” said Midway Mayor Don Emmons. “We need that guy on board.”
There was some discussion on making a selection by its regular meeting March 24.
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