On August 1, 2020, Paige Dukes will be the new County Manager,
after the 20-year reign of Joe Pritchard.
Paige Dukes, County Clerk, Lunch and Learn, 2011-10-13
Chris Herbert, Valdosta Daily Times, 14 July 2020,
Dukes named Lowndes County Manager,
The vote was a split decision, 3-2, with commissioners Joyce Evans,
Clay Griner and Scottie Orenstein voting in favor. Demarcus Marshall
and Mark Wisenbaker opposed.
Marshall said his no vote was because he wanted to see the position
advertised to open the pool up to other candidates.
“I would expect no less than to have this position advertised,”
Marshall said. “To advertise it is saying, ‘we’re not just the good
ole boys system or good ole girls system.'”
Wisenbaker said he wanted to see a “fresh” perspective from county
leadership and hoped a broader search could provide some new
outlooks for the county’s future.
“I voted no because I think the citizens of Lowndes County need to
be better represented. We need to advertise this job…There’s
nothing personal against Ms. Dukes. She’s been here a while. She
does a good job. It’s just being able to look out there and see what
we may be missing,” he said. “We got a $120 million budget. That’s
not small and we need the right people and the right person to carry
this on. And we need fresh ideas. We need a fresh person, in my
opinion, that can bring new things to the table.”
Those two were in the minority, however, and the three in support
said they are certain Dukes is the right decision.
“I’ve been on this board for six years, and Continue reading →