Twenty-four Bulloch County government employees, among them one elected constitutional officer, namely Tax Commissioner Leslie Akins, and several department heads and program directors such as Fire Chief Ben Tapley and E-911 Director Kelly Barnard, graduated Dec. 8 from the county's first Management Development Program, or MDP, class.
The Covington City Council has hired Emory "Tres" Thomas III as the next city manager. The council approved the appointment after naming Thomas the sole finalist for the position in November. He previously served as interim city manager following the resignation of Scott Andrews last May.
Covington Council has chosen to take the "interim" tag from before Tres Thomas' name and give him the permanent position managing the city government's day-to-day operations.