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Accountability Top Priority in Toombs Co
Wednesday, 30 December 2009

December 30--  Toombs County Commission Chairman Buddy West is winding up his first year in office and he's hoping by next year this time the county will be in better financial shape.

"What we're doing is looking down the road 12 months and hopefully, by the end of the year, we'll be in a lot better position financially next year than we are now," he says.

In 2009, the West administration created the county's first board of elections and started opening trash convenience centers to clean up the county's landscape, however, West says the commission's top priority is to get the county's financial house in order.

"On October 6, 2008 there was $600,000 worth of unpaid bills.  When I came into office in January, we found there was a loan which had not been paid, and with those two obstacles, that put us in the hole pretty deep. This past year was a difficult year and kind of a perfect storm with the first county manager, the first part-time chairman and the worst economic situation we've seen in a long time," West observes.

The chairman says new county manager Doug Eaves is bringing professionalism to county administration despite some unpopular recommendations to the board in 2009.  "The previous administration made a wise decision in hiring the county manager.  He's brought a lot of professionalism and expertise to the table and it's shown this past year in the financial realm and with some decisions which were not popular but had to be made," West notes.

"Our number one priority is accountability on our fianances and the county manager has done a great job in bringing the proper accounting procedures to the office," he says. 


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