County chief financial officer to retire Dec. 15
Newton County Chief Financial Officer John Middleton will retire Dec. 15, after more than 11 years with the county, to spend more time with family and pursue other opportunities.
Middleton was hired in 2000 as finance director and promoted to administrative officer in 2001. As for his plans, he said “I think that will figure itself out,” though he does plan to do more bird hunting.
When asked what he was most proud of during his tenure, Middleton wrote, “Helping people develop as managers and leaders. Providing support, advice, helping get obstacles out of their way and then seeing how they use that knowledge in making good decisions with good outcomes and how they grow in their roles and what they are able to accomplish with the right resources.”
Middleton was born and raised in Virginia and first moved to Georgia because of a job transfer.
Chairman Kathy Morgan said she will miss Middleton and will spend the remainder of the year trying to convince him to stay.
“John has performed his duties for Newton County with integrity, diligence and the utmost professionalism,” Morgan wrote in a statement. “His departure will leave a void that cannot be filled.”
Because Middleton’s retirement comes during a budget reduction, his position cannot be rehired. The chief financial officer is the top nonelected county official.
“I think we have an excellent group of department managers and staff that have the skills and vision needed to serve our community well going forward,” Middleton said.