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June 10, 2014

Manager contract upgraded to five-year term

TIFTON — Tift County commissioners met in a regular meeting Tuesday night, and unanimously appointed two local people to serve on boards, as well as approved a five-year contract for the county manager.

Filiberto Hernandez has served on the Tifton-Tift County Library Board for four complete terms, and must now step down for a year, per the board's bylaws. His current term ends at the end of the month. The board appointed Liz Carson Keith to take his place.

Also reappointed to a board position was Patricia Robinson, who will serve on the Tift County Board of Elections and Registration for another four-year term. Her current term ends July 6, and she will continue to serve until July 2018.

The board also approved moving the employment contract between the county and County Manager Jim Carter from a three-year term to a five-year term. The decision was unanimous, with Chairman Grady Thompson voting in place of Commissioner Sherry Miley, who recused herself from voting since she was not re-elected and won't be in office during the term of the contract.

Commissioners also adopted the amendment to the current Drug Free Workplace policy, which establishes the county's "safety sensitive" positions and allows for random drug/alcohol testing. The amendment determines the process, number and frequency of "safety sensitive" and Commercial Driver's License (CDL) testing. A safety sensitive position is one in which the employee operates dangerous equipment or performs duties which have the potential to be dangerous.

In addition, commissioners approved the motion to renew the Microsoft Enterprise agreement with Microsoft for software licensing for the next three years, which comes at a total cost to the county of $32,248.88 per year. The funding will come from SPLOST IV funds.

The county's computers will also receive a facelift, as commissioners voted in favor of hardware upgrades in the amount of $60,916.26, also to be paid from SPLOST IV.

A beer and wine license for EZ Trip Convenience Store, located at 4486 Highway 319 South, was also approved. The store is under new management.

To contact editor Angye Morrison,          call 382-4321.

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