Two finalists for the Jefferson city manager position are being interviewed today during a 12:50 p.m. called meeting, which will be an executive session.
Douglas White, who served as the Bobby Dodd Institute’s director of municipal business development after spending 13 years as city manager of Social Circle, and Jonathan Herschell, economic and community development manager of Cornelia, are the top two finalists for the city manager post.
Jason Tinsley resigned the city manager’s job in August after being questioned by Mayor Roy Plott and the council about personal charges on his city credit card, which came after previous June charges which he claimed had been accidentally made to the card. He made good on those charges and said his resignation could be attributed to personal life changes. He was on the job for six months.
White, a Social Circle resident, is a retired veteran who earned an economics degree from the University of Oklahoma. He previously worked for the cities of Forsyth as chief administrative officer and Monticello as city manager. The Bobby Dodd Institute assists Americans with disabilities, veterans and veterans with disabilities to become successful in life through its recruitment, training and job placement.
Herschell, who lives in Gainesville, holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia Southern University and interned with the Washington, D.C., office of former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia. He served as Metter’s Better Hometown director for a year. He is also a certified economic development finance professional.