Though the Barrow County Board of Commissioners has not formally decided whether to privatize most county services, the board’s inaction for the last nine months appears to be pointing the county in that direction.
Last week’s news about the toppling of the county’s newly appointed animal control director over inappropriate Internet postings has been eclipsed this week by news that the county’s chief appraiser is retiring May 15.
Highfield turned in his notice on Monday. That was one business day after Danyal Harper’s resignation Friday from Barrow County Animal Control.
These new resignations mean that the county now has no public works director, no permanent chief of Barrow County Emergency Services, no permanent director of animal control, no director of the Tax Assessor’s Office, no permanent water manager, and no permanent manager of building and grounds.
County manager Randall Dowling told the Barrow Journal on Tuesday he would not attempt to recruit any more manager-level positions until the BOC decides whether or not to pursue the privatization of public services.
For the full story, see the April 9th issue of the Barrow Journal.
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