Franklin Co. 911 Director Quits for Good this Time

November 4, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


After only a few short weeks back on the job as the Director of Franklin County’s e911, Jones Beasley has resigned, this time for good.

According to Franklin County Interim County Manager John Phillips, Beasley resigned as the result of an issue with another county employee, but would not go into any further details.

“There was an issue,” Phillips said. “And we talked with Jones about the circumstances and like I say, he offered to resign. He offered to give a notice, but we decided he could go ahead and leave last week.”

But Beasley tells a different story.

He said he knows nothing about any issue with employees and said he had simply decided to go in another direction.

“I don’t know what he’s talking about,” Beasley said Tuesday. “It was just awkward coming back, but I appreciate the county giving me the opportunity. It just didn’t feel right and I decided to do something else.”

On September 27, Beasley was fired by former county manager Billy Morse from his job as the EMA/e911 director for not getting new dispatchers into state -required 911 training from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council within the first six months they were hired.

Beasley says for now, he is working in his old profession as an electrician but has not made any other firm plans.

Phillips said the county has no plans to look for another e911 director.

“What we’re actually going to do is combine the e911 Director and the Emergency Services Director positions and have one director over both of those departments,” Phillips said.

EMS director Terry Harris will take over as e911 director.

Assistant EMA director Lyndon Burgess was named earlier this month as the EMA Director.