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Columbia County hires retired commander as deputy administrator

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 8:01 PM
Last updated 8:23 PM
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Glenn Kennedy II will soon come to work just down the street from where he graduated from high school.

But it was a long journey to get there.

Kennedy, who retired in July as garrison commander at Fort Gordon, was approved Tuesday by Columbia County commissioners for the newly created position of deputy county administrator.

“This is great,” said Kennedy, who is scheduled to start Feb. 1. “I’ve spent the last 25 years of my life serving my country, and now I can come back to where it all started.”

A graduate of Evans High School and North Georgia College, Kennedy served 25 years in the Army, including his final two years at Fort Gordon as a colonel. He previously served as a battalion commander with the 17th Signal Battalion in Iraq, and with the White House communications agency.

As deputy administrator, serving with Administrator Scott Johnson, Kennedy will have a key role in overseeing the county’s federally funded project to expand broadband access throughout the community.

“We are very fortunate to have somebody of this caliber as the Columbia County deputy administrator,” said Johnson, a Harlem High School graduate who joked about the schools’ historical cross-county rivalry.

The new position pays $89,000 per year; Johnson, who took over on probationary status after the retirement of longtime Administrator Steve Szablewski last fall, also received full approval Tuesday for the job at $119,000 per year.

Also Tuesday, commissioners approved a resolution asking local lawmakers to call a referendum in which voters would be able to limit commissioners and the chairman to two four-year terms in office. If approved, the restrictions would prevent the same person from taking office as commissioner or chairman again until he or she sat out for at least one year.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a motion to set July 31 as the date for a referendum to allow voters to decide on the sale of package alcohol on Sundays. If voters approve, sales would begin Labor Day weekend.

Voters in the city of Grovetown already have approved the area’s first Sunday package sales, which began Dec. 11.

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Riverman1 01/17/12 - 10:26 pm
Mr. Kennedy appears to be an

Mr. Kennedy appears to be an excellent addition to our county administration.

overburdened_taxpayer 01/17/12 - 10:48 pm
I just wonder how the county

I just wonder how the county can create a new position that will be obviously well paid when we keep being told that there has been no real growth in the tax digest.

cheeringonthedawgs 01/18/12 - 08:16 am
My thoughts exactly. Aren't

My thoughts exactly. Aren't we in a state of depression??? Why are we CREATING jobs on the upper level and cutting jobs on the lower level? This makes no sense. His pay would be used for two other jobs. Whose idea was it for the broadband anyway, let them oversee the grant. All I am is saying is if we didn't need the position before now why is it needed now.

Gordon 01/18/12 - 10:54 am
This is not a new position.

This is not a new position. It is Scott Johnson's old position.

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