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Long County narrows field to 12 for county administrator
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Chris Chalmers makes a presentation to Long Commissioners about a possible GIS application and Web presentation. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The Long County commissioners received 12 resumes and applications from people all over the nation hoping to be chosen for the new county administrator position.
Vernon Martin of the Mercer Group, which was hired to conduct the search, told commissioners at the July 1 meeting that they had received 44 applications from as far as California.  
 “The group has been narrowed down to 12 good, quality candidates, and now it is up to you to narrow the field down to three to five, to begin the interviewing process,” said Martin.
Martin did urge the commissioners to narrow the field by using a ranking sheet and to look at each of the applicants individually. Commissioners were given packets on each applicant, and they were to get back with Martin, the following week with those final candidates selected so that he could begin scheduling interviews.
Commissioners also heard a presentation from Chris Chalmers, who is the Geographical Information System Director with the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center, on the possibility of establishing a GIS application for the county.
According to Chalmers, the application would provide tools, which would allow users to achieve more efficient utilization of technology, manpower and other resources in presenting and analyzing data.
He also said that the application would also provide a quality product in a timely manner, which would include training and technical support to the county.  
One additional item of interest to commissioners that also was available with the application was a Web site for the county.
Commissioner Mike McGowan said, “This would be an avenue to get information from the Planning and Zoning Board and from the Commissioners, once proposals were approved, out to the public”.
He added, “We also have been looking into a county website, so if this was approved, it would kill two birds with one stone”.
No action was taken on the issue, and Chalmers would be getting back with the commissioners in the future.

Some of the other business included:

• The commissioners heard a report from Long County Code Enforcement Officer, John Bradley informing them, that new state requirements required contractors to have a State Contractor’s License to build new homes.  According to Bradley, an individual can build a home for himself, but to obtain a permit to build a home for another person, as of July 1st, this license would be required.

• Commissioners reappointed Doyce Phillips, Suzanne Stephens, and Betty Smiley to the LC Library Board for another three-year term.

• Approved purchasing a 2001 Woodland Fire Truck for the fire department at a cost of $22,500.  According to Fire Chief Darrell Ballance, $10,000 was already available in the fire department budget, and the other $12,500 was approved by commissioners.  The truck will remain at the District 5 firs station in the north end of the county.

• Heard information from the Long County Sheriff’s Department, about establishing a new anti-drug program, Choosing Healthy Activities & Methods Promoting Safety. The program is through the Georgia Sheriff’s Association and focuses on rural areas.

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