By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Franklin County manager John Phillips is stepping aside and returning to his previous job as the county engineer and interim planning director.
After coming out of executive session Tuesday evening, Franklin County Commission Chair Thomas Bridges announced the predicted reshuffling of county personnel.
Bridges says the county commission decided that now is the time to make the personnel switch-around.
“We’re doing some shifting in our county personnel,” he said. “We’re shifting John Phillips back to County Engineer and in charge of Planning and Zoning. In addition to that, he’ll be the Director of Public Works in charge of water and sewer and that sort of thing.”
Bridges said the county will retain the department heads for the road and water and sewer departments but Phillips will be over both as the Public Works Director.
In an email to the board last week and obtained by our sister station WLHR, Phillips had suggested he step back into his role as engineer in order to save the county money on upcoming engineering costs.
Phillips had pointed out in his memo that he has $75,000 in engineering projects currently on his desk.
“We’re looking for a strong candidate with a strong financial background that understands finances. And we will put our finance situation under one umbrella so to speak in all departments,” Bridges said.
One of those projects is the planned sewer line along I-85 and new water/wastewater treatment plant in Carnesville.
The Board of Commissioners will now turn their attention to finding a new County Manager.
No vote was taken on Tuesday’s announcement, but the board is expected to vote when they meet for their regular meeting on September 8th.