Search Begins for Interim Habersham County Manager



Habersham County has begun the process of selecting a full-time interim county manager.

A position vacancy announcement was posted Tuesday and will close July 8, according to the notice.

On Wednesday, the county commission held a called meeting at noon.

0:08 {HUNT: “We had a called meeting so that we could go in for the purposes of personnel and for a litigation issue.”}

That’s County Attorney Donnie Hunt at the conclusion of Wednesday’s meeting.

Former Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew attended Wednesday’s called meeting, during which he met with commissioners in an hour-long closed session.

No decisions were made during Wednesday’s meeting.

Salary for the position is dependent on qualifications.

An Athens man has been identified as the man who drowned after fleeing from the Georgia State Patrol in Tallulah Falls Monday morning.

32-year-old Lazavier Shamar Cook allegedly got into the driver’s seat of a car that had been stopped by a trooper for speeding as the trooper got the female driver out, says Lt. W. Mark Riley of GSP.

The trooper pursued the man south on Georgia 15. The trooper conducted a successful PIT maneuver on the car to terminate the pursuit.

After striking an embankment, Cook’s car then struck the trooper’s patrol vehicle before coming to a stop.

At that time, the man fled on foot and was last seen in the water of the river near Tallulah Falls.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday, Cook’s body was found in the river then subsequently recovered by Rabun County Emergency Management Agency personnel.

No information on the female driver of the car is available from GSP.

Retiring Cornelia City Clerk Janie Henderson was honored at a public reception Wednesday afternoon.

Henderson, who came to Cornelia in 1997 after 15 years as city clerk in Helen, said her years in city government work have been good.

0:12 {HENDERSON 1: “It’s been such a fulfilling career. In working with the public, I like people and I like talking – as you well know. It’s just been a blessing to me to have this job.”}

Stan Brown and Pam Helton of the Georgia Municipal Association attended the reception to recognize Henderson with a Lifetime Service Award for more than 39 years in government.

Henderson is thankful she was able to spend time in the new Cornelia City Hall before retiring.

0:25 {HENDERSON 2: “It’s been wonderful. I wanted to spend a little bit of time in the new building because, as you know, we were in the old library and we all had little spaces to work out of, and it was great having the close contact. But the building is so nice. It is ready for the future. And somebody 40 years from now will probably be working in that building. It’s such a nice facility for the public and it’s a lot different, but it’s still nice.”}