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October 17, 2018 Page 7A Reporter Continued from Front month evaluation. Commission chairman Greg Tapley said Hedges' qualifications stood out among the three finalists, which also included former Hogansville city manager lames Woods and Georgia Public Defender Council Director of Grant Initia- fives Karl Kitchens. District 3 commissioner John Ambrose said he thinks Hedges has the comb'marion of experience and knowledge that the county needs. Ambrose said, "I believe that he will be the best suited to move Monroe County forward" District 1 commissioner Larry Evans said of Hedges: "He seems to be a good fit for us." According to a March 26 Albany Herald article, Hedges inherited a $1.45 million budget deficit upon taking over as Pelham city manager in January 2015 and turned it into a $1.15 million surplus by March 2018. Prior to taking over as Pelham city manager, Hedges was elected as mayor of Ashburn for two terms. Before his governmen- tal career, Hedges was an executive with the Amoco gas corporation, serving as Senior Finance Manager to lead all financial activities for the Azerbaijan Inter- national Operating Corn- Continued from Front Frida) Sept. 28. Businesses may only give prizes for winnings, not cash, under Georgia law. Patel was released from the Monroe County Jail on a $2,500 bond. Sgt. Jarrad Duncan said they sent in an undercover agent to play the machines after getting an anonymous complaint. Duncan said it's his first arrest since taking over the drug unit, which he said operates as a vice unit handling gambling as well. He said the machines actually belong to another company but said the state gambling commission has put them under lock so they can't be used while they investigate. He said the state could pull the store's lottery or alcohol license as well. He said illegal gambling opera- tions make "a lot of money", although he couldn't say until the state is done in- vestigating how much Falls View was making. Anyone with informa- tion about illegal gambling or drug problems is asked to call Duncan at 478-994- 7048 for more investigation. pany, which was created to develop oil rid& in the Republic of Azerbaijan. While at Amoco, Hedges was also appointed to lead the financial and adminis- trative departments of two of Amoco's three largest overseas operations, having lived in or traveled to 61 different countries. Hedges has a Bachelor of Science degree in administra- tion and accounting from . Northeastern State Univer- sity in Tahlequah, Okla. Tapley said Hedges does not intend to take any county health or retirement benefits, which will save the county an estimated $12,000 to $14,000. How- ever, commissioners did agree on Wednesday to buy a county administration vehicle for Hedges' use for up to $25,000 to be paid for using contingency. Com- missioners said the new vehicle will not be taken home. The county manager position had been vacant since June when former county manager Anita Buice was demoted to zoning officer after com- missioners learned the ; ii Call your loCal Monroe County representative Scott Harrell 478-256-3586 or toll free: 800-551-1102 3250 Vineville Ave.r MaconI GA 31208 C county owed about $50,000 in state and federal income tax penalties and interest for failure to pay county payroll taxes in a timely manner. Retired county ad- ministrator Gall King was hired as interim manager after Buice's ouster. District 2 commissioner Eddie Rowland was absent from Wednesday's called meeting. HOPKINS S~I{~ASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1820 (f) 478-994-3102 www.hopkinscpaga.com Serving Forsyth for more than 40years~ Nav .ice ntI t e al t would like to help you pay off your debt. One time offer of of your bill October 1, 2018 thru December 31, 2018 ,f Call ,/ Worked his way up from a radio operator to patrol deputy to Captain Served on the DUI Enforcement Task Force, Criminal Interdiction Unit and as S.W.A.T Team Commander That's why when it comes to electing our next Sheriff, experience counts. And I have the unmatched experience in this race. I am asking for your vote so I can continue Working to protect our families and keep Monroe County's future bright." Entrusted to numerous special assignments, including, the G-8 Economic Summit at Sea Island, and a Tri-state operation to eradicate cocaine dealers Medal of Valor Recipient from the National Sheriff's Association FBI National Academy Graduate and GBI Special Agent Appointment Graduate of Mercer University Paid for by Zach Brown I