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and zon­ing and geo­graphic in­for­ma­tion sys­tems de­part­ments.

“We’re ac­tu­ally look­ing to max­i­mize the use of GIS in plan­ning process and link GIS with the plan­ning ef­fort,” Mid­dle­ton said Mon­day. “We feel it’s a huge un­tapped tool. We’ve con­verted some soft­ware and seen the power of what we can do when linked up with the GIS depart­ment, from a plan­ning point of view.”

He said the GIS soft­ware helps with tasks like map­ping out stormwa­ter flows and help­ing de­ter­mine where de­ten­tion ponds should be lo­cated. The county is hop­ing to use the soft­ware’s ad­vanced map­ping func­tions to bet­ter tie to­gether its nu­mer­ous com­pre­hen­sive plans, like its trans­porta­tion plan and 2050 Build Out Plan.

“We want to link it all to­gether,” he said.

In ad­di­tion, the county has placed the wa­ter re­sources and en­gi­neer­ing de­part­ments un­der­neath the pub­lic works depart­ment, and is plan­ning to hire a new po­si­tion of en­gi­neer­ing di­rec­tor to find so­lu­tions to in­ter­nal en­gi­neer­ing prob­lems and work with out­side con­sult­ing firms, Mid­dle­ton said.

He said based on his con­ver­sa­tions with Chair­man Kathy Mor­gan, the en­gi­neer­ing di­rec­tor will also par­tic­i­pate in an as­set man­age­ment anal­y­sis of roads and equip­ment in the county. Kel­ley, who is a civil en­gi­neer, con­firmed that Mor­gan had asked both him and Wal­ter to ap­ply for the po­si­tion when it be­comes avail­able in six months, af­ter the depart­ment re­struc­tur­ing is com­plete.

Mor­gan could not be reached for fur­ther de­tail, as she is out of town on vacation.

Kel­ley said he would be in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for the po­si­tion and felt it was sim­i­lar to a po­si­tion he held in Rock­dale County, which was Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Ser­vices and En­gi­neer­ing. He said in 1998, Rock­dale County did a ma­jor con­sol­i­da­tion, com­bin­ing de­part­ments like plan­ning and devel­op­ment, busi­nesses li­censes, code en­force­ment, pub­lic works, fleet ser­vices and even an­i­mal con­trol. Kel­ley said he was brought in to raise morale and build co­he­sive­ness among em­ploy­ees who work sit­u­a­tions had been greatly changed. He said he felt he did that job well and hopes that would qual­ify him to un­der­take an­other sim­i­lar um­brella depart­ment di­rec­tor po­si­tion.

In his pre­vi­ous po­si­tion as wa­ter re­sources di­rec­tor, Kel­ley was in charge of over­see­ing ero­sion con­trol, Na­tional Pol­lu­tant Dis­charge Elim­i­na­tion Sys­tem per­mits, stormwa­ter con­trol and drink­ing wa­ter pro­duc­tion at the county’s two pro­duc­tion plants. He said much of his time was taken up hav­ing to write the nu­mer­ous re­ports re­quired by state and fed- eral reg­u­la­tions. He said one con­cern about the re­duc­tion of em­ploy­ees in his depart­ment is the fact the county’s growth in the next cen­sus is likely to push them into the next level of reg­u­la­tions, which will re­quire even more pa­per­work than it had pre­vi­ously.

Eisen­berg had served as plan­ning di­rec­tor since Fe­bru­ary 2004, when she was re­cruited from Ful­ton County, be­cause of the rapid growth tak­ing place. She said at the time, the plan­ning depart­ment wasn’t very so­phis­ti­cated and the county was try­ing to mod­ern­ize its zon­ing or­di­nances. Those first cou­ple of years, she spent time putting the depart­ment to­gether, in­clud­ing re­vis­ing record keep­ing and cre­at­ing per­son­nel poli­cies.

More re­cently, her main duty was to in­ter­pret the zon­ing or­di­nances and to amend them as needed. She also did train­ing and or­ga­nized and su­per­vised her depart­ment. She would also fill in as zon­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor when­ever the county was left with­out one, such as re­cently. She es­sen­tially over­saw all devel­op­ment reg­u­la­tions, zon­ing or­di­nances, sign or­di­nances, solid waste and lit­ter or­di­nances and busi­ness and oc­cu­pa­tional tax or­di­nances.

She said it was tough to say good­bye to the many good friends she had made, but when the county starts merg­ing de­part­ments, in doesn’t make sense to hold on to all of the for­mer depart­ment heads.

Eisen­berg said un­like many em­ploy­ees, she ac­tu­ally signed a con­tract with the county be­cause she was re­cruited; there­fore she had a severance pack­age.

Wal­ter could not be reached for com­ment. The county will con­tinue to work to­ward pro­vid­ing its cit­i­zens with the best pos­si­ble ser­vices, with­out the help of these long-time lead­ers.

Sher­iff Ezell Brown has not yet laid off any em­ploy­ees for FY 2011, as he con­tin­ues to scour the bud­get to find any non-per­son­nel re­lated cuts he can make. Al­though he was ex­pected to have to make 22 cuts, he said Tues­day he be­lieves he will be able to save a few of those jobs. He said some out­side ven­dors have even of­fered to re­duce costs to help save jobs.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult to work along side in­di­vid­u­als for more than 30 years and not fight for their jobs,” Brown said.

Pur­chas­ing Con­tract Ad­min­is­tra­tor Fi­nan­cial An­a­lyst

Ad­min­is­tra­tive Spe­cial­ist Tax As­sis­tant GIS Tech I Ap­praiser Cus­to­dian Cus­to­dian

Tag/Tax Tech­ni­cian II County En­gi­neer Asst. County En­gi­neer Di­rec­tor of Wa­ter Re­sources Ad­min­is­tra­tive Spe­cial­ist

Plan­ning & Devel­op­ment Di­rec­tor

Devel­op­ment Co­or­di­na­tor Parts & Ser­vice Co­or­di­na­tor Main­te­nance Worker Equip­ment Op­er­a­tor III Equip­ment Op­er­a­tor I Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tech­ni­cian Ju­ve­nile Court Ser­vices Tech II Ju­ve­nile Court Clerk

In­ves­ti­ga­tor Pub­lic De­fender Ju­di­cial Ser­vices Tech II Ju­di­cial Ser­vices Tech I

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