Finalists named for Grand Island post

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Bill Combs and Uel Kemp have been named finalists for the vacant general manager position at the Grand Island Club here.

Lee County Administrator Alan Ours made the announcement Thursday.

"Each of these two gentlemen would bring unique qualities to the position," Ours said. "The Board of Commissioners believes either one would do a great job of managing the facility."

Combs ended his tenure as general manager of the Valdosta Country Club in December of 2009. He earned a business degree from Mississippi State University.

Kemp, a member of Grand Island, currently works for Aflac and previously owned three Dominoes Pizza outlets. He graduated from the University of Georgia.

"We're currently checking their backgrounds, references and criminal history," Ours said. "There will be a 14-day waiting period, but I think the Commission would like to make a decision as quickly as possible."

Either Combs or Kemp will fill the position left vacant when Grand Island General Manager Vic McKinley retired in May.

"The hiring process has been handled strictly by the (County Commission's) Personnel Committee, so we haven't really been part of the process so far," Club Administrator Paige Etheredge said. "Vic was a very valuable part of the operation at Grand Island, and it's been a little tougher operating since he left. We've all shared the duties.

"I'm looking forward to getting someone here in that position, but I'm glad the Personnel Committee is taking its time. It makes me feel they've reviewed the qualifications of the applicants carefully."