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Board names additional finalists
County manager vote may come Dec. 20
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Cindy Campbell

Experience: Chief Financial Officer since 2008; Interim County Manager from May 2012 to August 2012; Staff Accountant at Bates, Carter & Company LLP, February 2006 to September 2008; Certified Public Accountant, June 2000 to September 2008; SAAB Cars USA Inc., Inventory Accountant, September 1997 to June 2000; Alexander, Almand & Tillman LLC, June 1996 to September 1997; Century South Banks Inc., Staff Internal Auditor, October 1994 to June 1996.

Education: Bachelor of business administration-accounting, North Georgia College & State University, 1994; Shorter College 1990-91.

David McKee

Experience: Planning and development director since 2008; Engineer/GIS Manager, 2007 to 2008; Environmental Compliance/Building Inspector, 2006 to 2007; GIS Intern, 2005.

Education: Bachelor's in geology with a minor geographic information Systems, Georgia Southern University, 2005; University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, management development program, 2008; Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Academy for Economic Development, 2010.

David Headley

Experience: Director of Public Works and Community Development since 2005; 22 years with Brevard County Government in various management positions; U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Education: Associate's degree in civil engineering theory and principles, Ferrum College; bachelor of science in civil engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Bob Ivey

Experience: Director of Administration since January 2012; Director of Administration and Special Projects, July 2011 to January 2012; Director of Special Projects, June 2008 to July 2011; Dawson County Sheriff's Office Accreditation Manager, November 2006 to June 2008; retired after 24 years with BlueCross BlueShield in various management positions.

Education: Bachelor of science with a focus on political science and sociology, Middle Tennessee State University.

Billy Thurmond

Experience: Director of Emergency Services since 2001; Emergency Medical Services Director from 1987 to 2001; Dawson County Park and Recreation Athletic Director from 1979 to 1993.

Education: GEMA Master Management Certification; School of Small Business Management Degree in 2001; Georgia Public Safety Training management certifications; Lanier Technical College paramedic technology degree in 1985; Lanier Technical College EMT certificate in 1980; Dawson County High School honor graduate, 1977.

Two more names have been added to the list of internal candidates being considered for the Dawson County manager position.

County commissioners voted on Thursday to expand the list to include Cindy Campbell and David McKee.

The commission had previously announced that the county's next chief executive officer would be promoted from within and named three internal candidates as finalists to replace County Manager Kevin Tanner.
Tanner, who was elected to the Georgia Legislature in July, is leaving the manager's post at the end of the year. He has held it since 2008.

Campbell currently serves as the county's chief financial officer, while McKee is director of planning and development.

Their names will be added to the list that includes Director of Public Works and Community Development David Headley, Director of Administration Bob Ivey and Director of Emergency Services Billy Thurmond.

Commissioners said they owe it to the public to consider all possibilities in identifying the ideal candidate for the county's top non-elected position.

"This is the hardest decision I've had to make as a commissioner," said James Swafford, who represents the county's second district. "It's one that we are taking very serious."

Commissioners last month voted to reopen the original application period in an effort to give "every one of our very capable employees who want to apply for this position that opportunity," Commissioner Gary Pichon said at the time.

According to Pichon, the three who initially applied remain finalists for the job.

"There is no indication on our part that that has changed," he said.

The commission is required to advertise the names of the finalists before voting on the matter.

The position was not open to outside candidates.