Edgefield picks Georgia man, despite DUI case

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EDGEFIELD, S.C. --- A former White County, Ga., manager whose contract was terminated following a DUI charge has been offered the job of county administrator in Edgefield County.

Edgefield County Council members unanimously agreed to offer the job to Alton Brown, of Cleveland, Ga., Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, Mr. Brown said by phone from his Cleveland home that he might take the job.

"I'm certainly leaning in that direction," he said. "The first step is to take my wife on a tour (through Edgefield), maybe even as soon as this weekend because as the old saying goes, 'If momma's not happy, no one is happy.' So that's the first thing."

Mr. Brown, one of the original candidates for the position vacated by former administrator John Pettigrew Jr., had removed his name from consideration for the job after information surfaced about a DUI with refusal charge and a charge of open container following a traffic stop by city police on July 11 in Cleveland. He said Wednesday he was "extremely impressed" that the council pursued him after he had withdrawn.

According to the White County News, Mr. Brown -- who had served as White County manager since 2003 -- was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the charges. White County officials contacted Wednesday said county commissioners decided to terminate Mr. Brown's contract following the DUI incident.

According to local officials, members of the Edgefield County Council were so impressed with Mr. Brown's resume that they asked him to reconsider, leading to Tuesday evening's vote.

"His resume was very good and it seems like when he goes somewhere he stays there," said District 2 Councilman Rodney Ashcraft.

Concerning the DUI charge, Mr. Ashcraft said the council would discuss that if and when the charge became a conviction.

"He doesn't have any (record) and it's not a DUI until he's convicted," Mr. Ashcraft said. "But I'm not going to pass up the opportunity to hire such a qualified candidate. He was good. I guess we'd have to discuss all that at another meeting to see what everyone thinks."

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FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 11/19/09 - 02:26 am
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Good for him, I hope he does

Good for him, I hope he does well.

stovall st
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stovall st 11/19/09 - 07:17 am
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Oh, why not give him the job.

Oh, why not give him the job.

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Dixieman 11/19/09 - 07:24 am
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Give him the job. DUI has

Give him the job. DUI has nothing to do with his capabilities in the position, and America is a place where you can have a second chance and start over.

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justus4 11/19/09 - 07:33 am
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[filtered word]! This story contradicts
Unpublished

[filtered word]! This story contradicts everything ever saidabout personal responsibility. This is and outrage! How can someone get a DUI and get iy overlookled - this is a matter of U know what. A particular protected group of American citizens would be laughed out the door. Again, this is blatant discrimination.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 11/19/09 - 08:32 am
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Should all politicians and

Should all politicians and officials have no more than one DUI!
They would certainly miss out on a good man.

ripjones
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ripjones 11/19/09 - 09:06 am
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Look where alcohol got Ted

Look where alcohol got Ted Kennedy !!! Heck, he even drowned a woman and never even got charged !!

stumpjumper
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stumpjumper 11/19/09 - 09:12 am
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If every Edgefield County

If every Edgefield County official that has had a DUI or just didn't caught, couldn't hold office, there wouldn't be any. This includes the police,deputies,highway patrol and the whole shooting match.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 11/19/09 - 09:32 am
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In the words of legendary and

In the words of legendary and mythical morning radio show character Rainbo Johnson: "Right on, right on, yeah!"

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Riverman1 11/19/09 - 12:56 pm
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Never trust a man who doesn't

Never trust a man who doesn't drink.

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AGR354 11/19/09 - 06:00 pm
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Why is this story in the

Why is this story in the paper again today. I wish him well and I hope he does a great Job for the County. I wish AC would do a story about the COunty Council and how they have keeped the county from growing,econmically and how they purchase property that is a great waste to the county.

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tman44 11/20/09 - 12:45 am
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I think Edgefield has a good

I think Edgefield has a good idea. "Lets hire the most qualified candidate we can find for the job." Its a shame that the good folks in Augusta-Richmond County can't follow their lead. Good decisions come from experience. Experience sometimes comes from making bad decisions.

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