As a somewhat successful businessman in the county over the last 32 years it is clear that the Spalding BOC would not be successful at running a small lemonade stand, using the model they use to run the county.
First you have two open positions, one for county manager and one for assistant/deputy county manager. It seems the correct order of hiring would be to hire a county manager first. By hiring the manager first, this would allow him to have input on the team or person he will be working so close with. The only reasonable reason you would hire the assistant/deputy first would seem to be the BOC thought the new manager would not go along with the person they had already decided would get the job.
If you follow the hiring over the last few months it seems that the BOC appointed an interim deputy county manager and fell in love with the job she was doing. This may be a good thing. If this is true, then why not hire her to be the county manager? Instead the BOC takes over half of the responsibilities of the county manager and gives them to the new deputy manager.
Mrs. Beams said her position as deputy county manager will entail the supervision of approximately half of all the county departments. She will also serve as the litigation manager, risk manager, records manager and public information officer. To the average citizen it seems that the new county manager will now have a lot less responsibilities. I wonder if the BOC lowered the qualification for the soon-to-be-hired county manager (and we all know who this will be)? I bet not.
It seems that the BOC would have liked to have hired Mrs. Beams to be the county manager but that she may have not met the qualifications they had set for the job.
Mrs. Beams also stated that she was “pleased that the process is completed.” I ask what process?
Mrs. Beams was allowed to right her own ticket, she wrote the job description deciding which departments she would head and what her responsibilities would be. Then set her own salary and I would assume any other benefits she will receive. Mrs. Beams also stated, “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve the county.” I am not sure serve would be the right word to describe a job where you will make five times the income of the average county citizen, more than double the county median income.
In a county that has grown very little in the past 20 years, the government has grown to become the largest employer in the county. In the last election the people in America spoke loudly and said stop the out-of-control government spending. Spalding County did not get the message.