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Habersham's Tinsley reported as finalist for Bryan County position

By Rob Moore Editor
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Habersham County Finance Officer/Assistant County Manager Jason Tinsley has been named a finalist for Bryan County administrator, the Savannah Morning News reports. He is shown here presenting the financial report at Monday's Habersham County Commission meeting. (Photo/Rob Moore)
PEMBROKE The Bryan County Commission announced Wednesday that Habersham County Finance Officer/Assistant County Manager Jason Tinsley has been named as one of two finalists for county administrator there.

The Savannah Morning News reports that William (Jason) Tinsley and engineer Ray Pittman of Bryan County are the finalists to succeed retiring Bryan County Administrator Phillip Jones.

A native of Cleveland, Tenn., Tinsley has worked for Habersham County since November 2006. He has a master's degree in city management (MCM) from the Graduate School of Business at East Tennessee State University and a bachelor of science degree in political science from ETSU.

Prior to joining Habersham County, Tinsley was a senior management and budget analyst for Leon County, Fla., in Tallahassee, and worked as the assistant to the county administrator in Wise County, Va.

"Bryan County is a tremendous community," Tinsley said. "I was very impressed with what I experienced there. The commissioners and staff I met were engaging and professional. It is like Habersham in many respects. Their board believes in a conservative approach to fiscal management. They take a thoughtful and deliberate approach to community issues. This is obviously an environment I can thrive in."

Pittman is an engineer for Thomas and Hutton Engineering in Savannah for 27 years and is a principal of the organization.

The newspaper reports Pittman has an extensive background in sewer and water design/construction, and has lived in Bryan County since 1986. He chaired the committee that developed the comprehensive land use plan and the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax committees.

There were 25 applicants for the position. The field then was narrowed to five, with one candidate withdrawing later.

A final decision on the appointment will be made during the Oct. 9 Bryan County Commission meeting in Richmond Hill.
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