Applications are in for Habersham County Manager's Position.


Interim Habersham County Manager Alicia Vaughn says she has applied for the permanent position and is very hopeful she will be selected.

0:30 {VAUGHN: “I have applied for the permanent position and I am very excited about the opportunity to stay here. I’ve been here since the middle of July and that has been enough time for me to get to know the community and the department heads, and the county employees, and I could not feel any more blessed to be here. I think that this is an amazing community. I was born in Northwest Georgia and always thought I was a Northwest Georgia girl, but it turns out I was a Northeast Georgia girl all this time – so I am really excited about the opportunity to stay.”}

The posting for the permanent position closed Saturday, and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government will do some vetting before recommending three to five candidates for commissioners to interview.

In the meantime, commissioners have extended Vaughn’s contract until the selection process is complete.

The Habersham County Commission, by consensus, has given permission for Habersham County Emergency Services to order a new fire truck.

The matter was discussed during Thursday’s work session, and department leaders told commissioners the price goes up tens of thousands of dollars as of December 1.

0:22 {ADAMS: “Just kind of a rough figure just to get some ideas put about I think it was 65% of our fire apparatus over 20 years old, going all the way back to 1989. I know they’re expensive, but we’ve got to put some money back into the department and into the fleet, so we’re ordering a Spartan engine with a 1,250-gallon-a-minute pump.”}

That’s HCES Administrative Chief Jeff Adams, who says the 450-horsepower truck will haul 1,000 gallons of water.

Additional equipment will be purchased so the truck is ready to respond when it arrives, sometime in next fiscal year.

That truck will be placed at the department’s new central headquarters station on Demorest-Mt. Airy Highway, Adams told commissioners.

And Mt. Airy residents had a chance to say goodbye to outgoing mayor Garry Morris whose last day is coming up at the end of the year. Morris received several awards at the ceremony. He’s been on the council in several capacities for 35 years and spoke about the memories he’s made in that time.