clear
Friday July 3rd, 2015 7:45PM

Sutton named Habersham County manager

By Rob Moore Reporter
Related Articles
CLARKESVILLE - Though the appointment won't be official for two weeks, Phil Sutton of Flowery Branch has been named Habersham County manager.

The decision came following a more than 90-minute closed session during a called Habersham County Commission meeting Thursday afternoon.

Sutton, 60, currently is president of Sutton Consulting LLC, a company providing consulting services to local governments in the area of Local Option Sales Tax negotiation strategy and process. His firm's consulting services have been recognized by the Georgia Municipal Association and Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.

Thursday's 5-0 vote came on the motion of Habersham County Commission Chairman Chad Henderson, contingent upon the required 14-day period during which Sutton is considered the sole finalist.

"I'm delighted to have the unanimous support of the board," Sutton said following the meeting. "I think that's exciting for me and my family."

Prior to operating his consulting firm, Sutton served as assistant county administrator in Hall County for 10 years, ending in January 2011.

Sutton also formerly served as assistant city/county manager for Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County from February 1996 until he took the Hall County position in November 2000.

His background also includes work as director of the Gainesville-Hall County Human Resources Department for more than five years, and as personnel manager for Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company from 1979-1990.

Sutton has taught general management and human resources for the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia since 1996.

In addition to government work, Sutton has been active in the community.

From 2001-2011, he was on the board of directors for the Lake Lanier Rowing Club. He served as president of that organization from 2003-2004; and as treasurer from 2006-2007.

Henderson's motion was the hire be on a permanent basis. Each of the county commissioners has been spending about one day per week in the office since the resignation of County Manager Janeann Allison.

Sutton will be paid $93,700 per year.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Billy Dilworth veteran Georgia, SC journalist dies at 80
A veteran journalist whose career touched newspapers, radio and television stations in Georgia and South Carolina has died in northeast Georgia.
5:32PM ( 2 hours ago )
VIDEO: "'76 For Our Sacred Honor"
AccessWDUN presents a special video presentation in celebration of our nation's Independence Day. It was produced by AccessWDUN Videographer David Cook.
By AccessWDUN
3:00PM ( 4 hours ago )
Forsyth Co. water main break shuts down Shiloh at Majors Rd.
Forsyth County officials are urging drivers to stay away from Shiloh Road at Majors Road while they try to repair a watermain break.
1:40PM ( 6 hours ago )
Chief: Microburst damages area of Clarkesville
A microburst with straight line winds caused damage to a small area in Clarkesville Friday morning.
11:41AM ( 8 hours ago )
Gainesville teenager dies in single-car crash
A teenager is dead and charges are pending against another after a single-car crash on Highway 13 in Gainesville Thursday night.
9:23AM ( 10 hours ago )