The departure of Barrow County’s first county manager less than a year into his job was unfortunate, but Jock Connell made a valid point about the necessity of a “good fit,” according Sen. Frank Ginn, who served as Franklin County’s first county manager before joining the state senate in 2011.
“It’s obviously a big setback for Barrow County and the citizens of Barrow,” he said. “I think Jock had a lot of talents and experience he brought to the job. I don’t know exactly what the friction was, or what the issue was, but what I saw was that the difficulty was like having an uncomfortable pair of shoes. If you don’t have a good fit, it’s uncomfortable on both parts. I don’t know what the expectations were on both ends. But I’m sure there was enough friction between the two parts where it wasn’t working.”
On the other hand, Sen. Ginn said he knows from personal experience that if a manager can survive the first year, a successful transition to a new form of government is possible.
“I worked through the blisters and pain and the discomfort of that first year,” he said. “It was just bold determination.”
For the full story, see the Oct. 23 issue of the Barrow Journal