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Hall County extension office is without an agent again
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Joshua Presley is pictured during his second day on the job as the new Hall County Extension agent in Gainesville on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the Hall County Extension office. Less than a year later, the post is open again. - photo by David Barnes

The Hall County extension agent post is vacant, less than one year after it was filled following a six-month search.

Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for extension at the University of Georgia, said in an email Thursday, April 25, that she was “sad to report” that Josh Presley resigned from his post for another job as of April 12.

Bobby Smith, Northeast Georgia extension director, “assures me he is planning to refill the position as soon as we can,” Johnson said.

“He has started the process to request to refill the position and post the job.”

Smith couldn’t be reached for comment.

“We still have (County Extension Coordinator) Judy Tilford and others in the Hall County Extension office, and they are delighted to provide service and fill in until we are able to refill the position, Johnson said.

Presley had held the job since June 13, 2018.

Before his arrival, the job had been vacant since November 2017, when his predecessor, Michael Wheeler, was fired after a substance in his desk tested positive for cocaine, according to an incident report at the time. UGA police reported there was “insufficient evidence to pursue a criminal charge.”