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Jock Connell Appointed as Interim County Administrator

Jock Connell Appointed as Interim County Administrator

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to appoint Jock Connell as interim county administrator and Atlanta firm Holland & Knight as interim county attorney for six months.

Connell replaces Charley Nix, who was appointed county administrator in November 2008. Bill Blalock, with Gainesville firm Stewart, Melvin & Frost, had been county attorney since 1992.

The county plans to contract with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia for assistance in the search for a new county administrator. The County Attorney position will be put out to bid.

Interim County Administrator Jock Connell retired in 2009 from Gwinnett County, where he was employed for 23 years.

Hall County Commission seeks new County Administrator

Hall County Commission seeks new County Administrator

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has asked County Administrator Charley Nix to resign. The official vote will be taken at the Jan. 6 special called meeting. The search for a new administrator will begin immediately. Former Gwinnett County Administrator Jock Connell will serve as interim administrator starting Jan. 6.

Nix was appointed as County Administrator on November 13, 2008, after serving as interim administrator since July. He was previously Hall County’s Human Resources Director and has more than 30 years of management experience in the private sector.

During his time as administrator, Nix helped steer the county through a stressful economy with a cost-cutting plan that demonstrated unprecedented cooperation among county staff and elected officials. He was instrumental in moving forward with the permitting of Glades Reservoir, which will secure the region’s water needs for the next 50 years.

Commissioner Ashley Bell Switches Parties, Joins GOP

Commissioner Ashley Bell Switches Parties, Joins GOP

Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell today announced his decision to join with the Republican Party of Georgia, making him the known first African-American elected official in Georgia to leave the Democratic Party.
While in the Democrat Party, Bell achieved national recognition as a leader.  He was elected the President of the College Democrats of Georgia as well as the College Democrats of America.

Hall County Voters Favor Two Tax Payments

On Election Day 2010, Hall County voters decided that they would like to pay property taxes in two installments due Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, rather than one annual payment. The referendum is nonbinding, which means the Hall County Board of Commissioners must vote to actually change tax payments to two installments.

Craig Lutz and Scott Gibbs were voted onto the Hall County Board of Commissioners and will begin their four-year terms on Jan. 1. Craig Lutz received 85.3 percent of the vote for District 1, while opponent Paul Wayne Godfrey received 17.6 percent of the vote (1 percent was write-in). Scott Gibbs ran unopposed for the District 3 seat.

November 2nd Special Election Results

According to the City of Flowery Branch, the results of the November 2, 2010 Special Election are as follows:

James “Mike” Miller - 410 votes

Mike Pitts – 143 votes

Joe Anglin – 400 votes

James Miller will be sworn in at the November 4thCity of Flowery Branch Council Meeting, which takes place at 6:00. The meeting will be held at 5517 Main Street; meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month.

Early Voting Ends in Hall County, October 29th

Early voting ends in October 29th for the Democratic Primary which takes place on November 2nd. Registered Hall County voters can visit the Elections Office (285 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Friday.

Early voting began Sept. 16. As of Tuesday, Sosebee said Hall County has had 7,189 voters cast early votes. The Elections Office has mailed 2,590 absentee ballots, and 1,051 have been returned. 

The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 2. Sample ballots are available online at elections.hallcounty.org. Voters can find their registration status, polling locations, and voting requirements at http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/.

Commissioner Hall to participate in Leadership Programs

Commissioner Ashley Bell, Hall County's youngest ever Commissioner and one of the youngest in the State of Georgia, has been selected to participate in two leadership programs that will prepare him to tackle tough issues in local government.

Commissioner Bell has been selected to be a part of the 2011 class of Leadership Georgia, an educational experience that deals with issues confronting our state. Outstanding authorities speak and lead discussions designed to provide information and understanding on problems and opportunities in the state.

From October 17-22, Commissioner Bell will attend “Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage,” a program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The program helps officials find ways to approach real-life problems with the help of experienced leaders, from Harvard professors, to Congressmen, to Parliamentarians from London.