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BOC names interim county Manager


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 

  An expected change in the top administrative position in Henry County government was made Monday, albeit a bit sooner than expected.

  The Board of Commissioners (BOC) convened in a special called meeting and named county manager Fred Auletta to the vacant finance director’s position, effective immediately. Auletta will report directly to the BOC.

  Michael Harris, planning & zoning services division director, was named interim county manager. Harris is a 15-year county employee who has served in several positions during his tenure. As division director, he oversaw five departments: planning and zoning; transportation planning; geographical information systems; environmental compliance and plan review; and building permits and inspections.

  A nationwide search for a permanent county manager should begin in September and is expected to take a few months.

  The Times reported in June that Auletta, who has recently undergone cancer treatments, would become finance director at some point when commissioners were ready to name a new permanent county manager. With Monday’s board action, the timetable was moved up somewhat.

  Angie Sorrow, who has been interim finance director since early this year, was named assistant finance director/budget analyst and will report directly to the BOC on budget issues.

  The purchasing department, which previously reported directly to the finance director, will now report to the county manager.

  The BOC also approved, Monday, the hiring of an outside counsel to investigate certain personnel issues that were not discussed specifically during the public portion of the meeting.

  Actually, there was no public comment on any of these actions. After meeting in executive session, the board took fewer than 10 minutes before adjourning.



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