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Long Commission to update hiring policies
LONG commish sept
Long County commissioners discuss plans for improvements at a park. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Long County Commissioner Clifton DeLoach expressed concern about the county’s hiring process during a meeting earlier this month.
DeLoach said all county job openings should to be advertised publicly, giving all candidates the opportunity to submit an application.
According to DeLoach, the county follows two different hiring procedures, depending on which department has an opening. For the recreation and roads departments, employees are selected and hired by county commissioners. For constitutional offices such as the sheriff’s department and the tax commissioner’s office, department leaders are elected.
DeLoach said the county’s method for hiring part-time workers should be evaluated as well. He said he’s heard complaints from people in the county who were not given the opportunity to apply for part-time employment.
The commission did not take action, but Chairman Bobby Walker said the issue should be examined.
Assistant Recreation Department Director Randy Simmons appeared before the commission, presenting modified plans for the continued expansion of the recreation complex.
According to Simmons, the proposed plans will add a football field, soccer field, pavilion, playground, pond with a walking track, additional paved parking and two baseball fields.  Simmons showed commissioners a blueprint, but said the additions are still in the planning stages.
Starting at the October meeting, the commission will hear a monthly report from the recreation department director or Simmons.
In other business:
• Walker presented a proposed county budget at the meeting and said the commission needs to set up a meeting to discuss the budget and make it available to the public.
• Heard a request by Altamaha Federal Credit Union, Ludowici Branch Manager Christy Wingate to allow her office to provide a breakfast for all county employees and, after the meal, to describe services offered by the bank.  She also asked the commission to consider using AFCU as the agent for employees who have savings accounts through the county.
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