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Ours finalist for Glynn job

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Lee County Administrator Alan Ours, who has been instrumental in helping facilitate the county's emergence as one of the fastest-growing in the state and nation, has been named as one of three finalists for the soon-to-be vacant Glynn County Administrator position.

Charles Stewart, who has served two terms as county administrator and another as finance director in Georgia's 28th-largest county, announced his plans to retire recently, setting in motion the search that attracted Ours as a candidate.

"One of the things that attracted me to this position was the possibility of living on the coast," said Ours, who took over as Lee County administrator in May of 2006. "My family loves the beach."

"Professionally, Glynn County, as one of Georgia's larger counties, offers opportunities that you don't have in smaller communities. Of course, I am only a finalist for this position. I haven't resigned my position in Lee County, and Glynn County is still working on a timetable to fill the position."

The Glynn County Commission announced late Thursday that Ours, Seminole County, Fla., County Manager Cynthia Coto and Atlanta businessman James Crace, who in 2009 was an assistant city manager in Sandy Springs, were the three finalists for the position that Stewart will vacate on June 30.

"I'm not aware of a timetable for naming Mr. Stewart's replacement at this time," Glynn County Public Information Officer Candice Temple said Friday. "His retirement date will be effective June 30, and the three finalists were named Thursday. The county must wait at least 14 days before naming a replacement, so no one will be in place before the position becomes vacant July 1.

"We may have to put someone in that position on an interim basis for a brief period."

Ours said leaving Lee County would be difficult if he is awarded the Glynn County position.

"We've made a lot of friends in Lee and Dougherty counties, and we would certainly miss them," he said.

Lee County Commission Chairman Ed Duffy, who has worked closely with Ours for the past four years, said Ours has had a huge impact on the community.

"Lee County is not the same place it was six years ago, and a lot of that is because of Alan Ours," Duffy said. "I have the utmost respect for him; he is a man of honor and integrity."