Tom Gar­rett leav­ing for Barrow County

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - MERIS LUTZ mlutz@cov­news.com

New­ton County Manager Tom Gar­rett will be step­ping down from his po­si­tion next month to be­come the public works direc­tor for Barrow County.

The BCBOC unan­i­mously ap­proved Gar­rett’s ap­point­ment Tues­day, and New­ton County con­firmed the news Wed­nes­day in a press re­lease.

“I saw Tom’s tal­ent, hon­esty, and in­tegrity when I first took of­fice,” Chair­man Keith El­lis said in a state­ment. “I am sad to see him go, but I am happy for him as he takes on a new job and I hope for all the best for him and his fam­ily.”

The state­ment went on to say that, “Although hir­ing an equally ca­pa­ble County manager will be a chal­leng­ing task, the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers will im­me­di­ately begin the process of hir­ing an­other su­pe­rior manager.”

Gar­rett has agreed to stay on for the next 30 days to en­sure as smooth a tran­si­tion as pos­si­ble.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate [the board] giv­ing me this op­por­tu­nity to work with very tal­ented and com­mit­ted depart­ment heads and em­ploy­ees,” said Gar­rett. “I’m go­ing to miss work­ing with them.”

A Barrow County se­lec­tion com­mit­tee named Gar­rett the fi­nal­ist af­ter in­ter­view­ing six can­di­dates in March. He will over­see seven county de­part­ments with 41 em­ploy­ees that have a bud­get of $10.3 mil­lion.

Barrow County will use $77,690 from the FY15 bud­get to cover Gar­rett’s salary and benefits. His salary for 2016 will be $88,000, slightly more than his cur­rent county manager salary of $87,651.20.

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