Decatur County Commissioner Butch Mosely spoke out in support of County Administrator Gary Breedlove, whose contract extension was shortened from 18 months to 12 months on Tuesday morning.
Speaking at Tuesday morning’s Board of Commissioners meeting, Mosely said he had been a critic of Breedlove at times but credited the retired Air Force officer and educator with helping improve the county’s financial situation, which was considered ‘dire’ at times in 2012-2013, due to flat revenue being overrun by expenditures.
Click play to hear Mosely’s comments about why he believes Breedlove ‘deserves to stay on.’ It’s about 3 minutes, 30 seconds in length. The first voice you hear is Commission Chairman Frank Loeffler, explaining that the terms of Breedlove’s revised contract was the same as the one adopted by commissioners on June 24, except that the term had been shortened from 18 months to 12 months.
Loeffler implied that while there was no legal issue with extending Breedlove’s contract to 18 months, as there might have been with extending the contract of the county attorney that far into the future, he suggested commissioners vote to give the three incoming county commissioners to have a chance to weigh in on Breedlove’s employment after taking office in 2015.
Mosely, who was recently appointed the school superintendent in Albany-Dougherty County Schools, said he had just signed a multi-year contract and said he understood Dr. Fred Rayfield, school superintendent of Decatur County, had as well.
“I’m going to vote for this [revision], but my contention is our original agreement [with Breedlove] would stand up as legal,” Mosely said.
“The bottom line is, [Breedlove] has done a good job and he deserves to stay.”
Mosely encouraged the three incoming commissioners (Pete Stephens of Brinson, George Anderson of Colquitt and a third yet-to-be-determined person, to judge county employees based on “what you see, and not what you’ve heard previously…we have some efficient team players who are working for the betterment of the county.”
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