The guard changes

The Covington News - - Opinion -

On Mon­day, we learned that Cov­ing­ton’s long­time city man­ager, Steve Hor­ton, wants to work one more year and then step down.

On Wed­nes­day, we re­ported that New­ton County gov­ern­ment is also los­ing a voice of ex­pe­ri­ence, with the news that County Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Mid­dle­ton has re­signed. He’s been on the job for more than a decade and has helped the county cope with the se­vere bud­get con­straints that have come with the fi­nan­cial free-fall of the past few years.

He’s been asked to stay on through De­cem­ber, and that’s a good move by the county.

The up­com­ing de­par­tures of Mid­dle­ton and Hor­ton mark pro­found change in lo­cal gov­ern­ment bu­reau­cracy lead­er­ship. Lead­er­ship is also chang­ing in So­cial Cir­cle, where Mayor Jim Burgess has an­nounced he will not seek re-elec­tion this fall af­ter 14 years in ser­vice.

Their col­lec­tive voices of ex­pe­ri­ence will be missed.

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