The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners has made its choice, and it looks like former Macon-Bibb County tax commissioner Jim Davis will be Whitfield’s next county administrator.

We’ve been critical of the haphazard process the board went through to find a replacement for former administrator Bradley Arnold. But we are cautiously optimistic about the selection of Davis.

Davis has earned a strong reputation as a manager and expert on tax and financial issues during a more than 30-year career in state and local government.

Although Davis was elected tax commissioner as a Democrat, Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue believed strongly enough in his abilities to name him commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety.

Whitfield County needs an administrator who can handle the day-to-day management of the government bureaucracy. And the board of commissioners needs an administrator who can thoroughly research the issues they face, provide them that information in a form they can use and give them expert advice on all the matters before them. The board doesn’t need a “yes man” who will keep from them bad news or let them make hasty or unwise decisions without dissent.

Davis’ background and reputation suggest they have found the man they and the county need. Board members should trust the decision they have unanimously made, and give Davis the chance to manage the daily affairs of the county, without undue attempts to micromanage employees or disrupt the chain of command.



The Daily Citizen

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