James Bush presents a gavel to new Dougherty County School Board chair Carol Tharin during a special called meeting Wednesday. The board also named David “Butch” Mosely as the district’s interim superintendent.
ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School Board on Wednesday voted 6-1 to offer David “Butch” Mosely the district’s interim superintendent’s position.
Milton “June Bug” Griffin voted for Franklin Perry.
“I am pleased with the 6-1 vote,” Mosely said from his home in Climax. “I am excited about the job, which I really wanted or I would not have applied in the first place.”
The Board chairmanship also changed as James Bush stepped down and was replaced by Carol Tharin in a 4-3 vote.
Tharin, Griffin, Bush and Robert Youngblood voted for Tharin, while Darrel Ealum was supported by Lane Price, Velvet Riggins and himself.
The special called meeting was the first for incoming members Price and Youngblood.
“We have a new board and new leadership,” Bush said. “I hope this new body will be one that can work together.”
Mosely said he would likely be in Albany before the end of the week to discuss his contract with the system, adding that personnel would be his first priority.
“I can’t tell you what I will do first, I’ll need to get the lay of the land and study the situation,” Mosely said. “It has been my experience that people problems can be fixed quickly. We’ll work to correct the problems when we come across them.
“There are hundreds and hundreds of quality employees in the Dougherty County School System and I think we can salvage marginal employees, but if not I also won’t be afraid to pull the trigger.”
Mosely’s hiring will give the board time to find a permanent replacement for the departed Joshua Murfree, whose last day on the job was Dec. 18.
“I am looking forward to working with the board,” Mosely said. “I will keep them informed and I will be transparent. I think they are tired of the old way of doing things.”
Mosely served as superintendent of the Decatur County, Vidalia City and Glynn County school systems before retiring in 1999. After that he served as interim superintendent of the Carroll, Mitchell and Coffee county schools.
He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Georgia and a Ed.D. from Nova University.
Tharin, who is beginning the third year of a four-year term, is hopeful the new board can make headway against the problems the system is facing.
“Well, somebody’s got to do the job,” Tharin answered when asked about being the new board chair. “To be honest, it’s a little overwhelming right now, but I look forward to the challenge. I want us to give the people of the county a school system they want and one that is worthy of our children.”
Bush served two years as the board chair.”