LEESBURG, Ga. -- Lynn Taylor, a former county administrator in Sumter County, has been chosen to lead Lee County’s government on an interim basis.
Taylor was selected in a 5-0 vote by the Lee County Commission Thursday afternoon after a brief called meeting.
The meeting was necessitated by the withdrawal of Jack Krakeel, of Fayette County, who previously was offered the position. Krakeel withdrew before signing a contract because of health reasons.
The vacancy occurred when Tony Massey resigned as county administrator to return to Tennessee to be city manager of his hometown of Columbia. Massey’s final day in Lee County is today.
The six-month agreement will pay Taylor $3,056 every two weeks. She also will receive $1,750 per month in living expenses, which will include housing and mileage. She also will receive 10 paid personal days during the six-month period and will be entitled to holidays taken by other Lee County employees.
“I understand the commission wants continuity in administration and management to get through the budget process which is critical to all local governments,” Taylor said in a telephone interview. “I’ll be there to maintain whatever projects are in place and work through the process of doing a search for a permanent administrator.”
The terms of the contact are indefinite, and can end by either party giving a 14-day notice. However, commissioners expect Taylor to serve at least six months.
Taylor said a search of this nature typically takes at least three to four months, if not longer.
Taylor previously worked in Sumter County government from 2001 until her retirement at the end of 2011.
While at Sumter County, she helped establish the first professional fire department for the unincorporated areas of the county, utilizing both inmate and paid professional firefighters.
She also has considerable experience managing more than $25 million in special-purpose local-option sales tax projects over the past decade.
Since retiring from Sumter County, she has moved back to her hometown of Ocilla. A reception is planned at 4 p.m. Monday to give Taylor an opportunity to meet county and city officials.
“She’s been a treat to work with, very straight forward,” said Rick Muggridge, County Commission chairman.
“She’s got a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Commissioner Ed Duffy.