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County planning director resigns

Dawson County Planning and Development Director Jason Streetman turned in his resignation Friday, Aug.17 after two years as head of the department.

Jason Streetman.

In a letter addressed to County Manager David Headley, Streetman announced his resignation effective immediately.

“Furthermore, I thank you for the opportunity to serve Dawson County these past two years,” he wrote.

He also asked for any of his unused sick time to be donated to Keith Wilson, one of the county building inspectors, while he is out on medical leave.

Streetman began work at the county on Aug. 12, 2016.

Most recently Streetman appeared before the board of commissioners on Aug. 15 with requests for additional personnel in his office due to an increased workload.

“Many of our staff members they stay over stressed, they feel overworked,” Streetman said. “There is 10 of us in this department, myself and nine others. I’ve been here right at two years...Of the nine employees I’ve had seven leave me. The two that I have left, my most senior people, I am afraid they are going to leave if things don’t improve.The growth train is coming and we need people to service that growth.”

Robbie Irvin, who worked for the county for 19 years, serving most recently as stormwater and plans review manager in the planning department, also recently resigned. He started July 25 at the city of Dawsonville as planning director.

The county began advertising for Streetman’s replacement in the newspaper on Aug. 22.

Streetman is the fourth county department head to resign this year. Emergency Services Director Lanier Swafford and Chief Tax Appraiser Kurt Tangel resigned in May. 

Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Henson turned in her notice in May and left the county in June.