County chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer to re­tire Dec. 15

The Covington News - - Front Page - Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­news.com CHIEF FI­NAN­CIAL OF­FI­CER

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.

JOHN MID­DLE­TON

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