A longtime employee was promoted last week to serve as Dawson County's director of administration.
David McKee, 32, most recently served as director of planning and development, a position he has held since 2008.
He will continue to lead the department until that position can be filled, according to County Manager Cindy Campbell.
"David McKee is a great fit for the director of administration position. His extensive knowledge of county government operations, educational background, prior experience and strong work ethic made him the clear choice for the job," said County Manager Cindy Campbell.
During his career in county government that began in 2005, McKee has held various positions, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), building inspector, project manager and compliance roles.
"What I admire and appreciate most about McKee is his desire to continually grow and learn professionally. He is always eager for opportunities to advance his knowledge and further develop his skills," Campbell said.
As director of administration, McKee will oversee the human resources and information technology departments, in addition to managing special purpose local option sales tax projects.
He will be responsible for risk management and various state and federal compliance requirements.
McKee, who grew up in Cumming, said he is honored to be chosen for the important county government role.
"Dawson County is home to my family and me. I challenge myself anytime I am presented with an opportunity to help make this a better place to live or work," he said. "I look forward to assisting County Manager Campbell in working to fulfill the goals and expectations of the board of commissioners and citizens."
McKee, who was named 2014 County Administration Employee of the Year, has a bachelor's degree in geology from Georgia Southern University.
He is also a Georgia Registered Mediator and completed the Management Development Program through the University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Additionally, he is active in the community, and was recently named president of K.A.R.E. for Kids, a local organization that serves underprivileged children in Dawson County.
The Director of Administration position became vacant when Bob Ivey retired last year. Ivey had been employed with Dawson County since 2006.