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David Headley named appointed official of the year
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Dawson County Manager David Headley, center, receives the Appointed Official of the Year award from Georgia Mountains Regional Commission Executive Director Heather Feldman and GMRC Chairman Dean Scarborough. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Dawson County Manager David Headley was recently recognized as the Appointed Official of the Year by the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC).

Headley received the honor during GMRC’s annual awards banquet Dec. 7 in Dillard.

GMRC Executive Director Heather Feldman said the award celebrates an individual who is dedicated to serving the public and who has shown passion and commitment not only to the county for which they serve, but the GMRC council and staff as well.

“Winston Churchill once said, ‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference,’” Feldman said. “This year’s recipient has one of the most uplifting, caring and cooperative attitudes in the public service realm.

“He is a hard worker who understands the value and importance of community, and his compassion, stellar leadership abilities and willingness to help others is to be commended. He is a man of true integrity, and this is amplified by his desire and passion to help people. His policies and initiatives exemplify and demonstrate the values and ethics held so esteemed within the local government profession.

“He is a true friend to the GMRC and consistently and enthusiastically supports the mission and promotes the programs and services of the GMRC. He has a combined five and a half years of serving on the GMRC Council, to which he has fully supported the mission of the organization. Furthermore, he actively engages with staff and is held in the highest respect by staff. He was responsible for sponsoring this year’s staff retreat at Amicalola Falls.”

Headley has served as Dawson County manager since 2016 and prior to that was the city manager for the city of Dawsonville. He served as the director of public works for Dawson County from 2008-2015.

“It is a true honor to have been selected and recognized among such other dedicated and supportive GMRC applicants,” Headley said. “I cannot say enough about the great work GMRC does for Dawson County and its other member counties. I am moved that the GMRC team chose me for this honor.”

Commission Chairman Billy Thurmond recognized Headley during the board’s Dec. 13 work session.

“We’re proud of David and his recognition in reference to being chosen,” Thurmond said.