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Hiring freeze keeps county jobs unfilled

There are at least three McDuffie County government departments that need to fill vacancies, but they can't unless they get approval from commissioners, after a hiring freeze was adopted near the end of 2009.

Probate Judge Valerie Burley, Elections Director Phyllis Wheeler and Chief Tax Appraiser Linda Thurmond had planned to discuss their need to hire one new employee each during the Wednesday, Jan. 6 commission meeting.

Commissioner Paul McCorkle was absent due to a death in his family, however, and Commission Chairman Charlie Newton explained that Mr. McCorkle had informed him that he wanted to be in attendance when that discussion arose.

Commissioner Bill Jopling asked if commissioners could at least hear from those particular department heads, but Mr. Newton said that was partly the reason Mr. McCorkle wanted the matter delayed until the next commission meeting.

That meeting is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the grand jury room of the McDuffie County Courthouse in Thomson.

A decision regarding the need for new employees in those departments was made prior to the commissioners' first meeting of the New Year last week, as they were preparing to approve the items on the agenda.

Commissioner Fred Favors made a motion to discuss the other items on the agenda with the exception of the matter pertaining to new hires. Seconding that motion was Mr. Jopling.

Web posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010

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