By Monroe Roark
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
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.
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.