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Rec board could name new director Monday

COVINGTON — The Newton County Recreation Commission may appoint a new director at a special called meeting Monday.

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at Recreation Commission headquarters at Turner Lake Complex.

The commission opted to open the position only to county employees and received three applications, according to Chairman Danny Stone. Two applicants — Anthony Avery and Matthew Taylor — are long-time Recreation Commission employees. The third candidate, Pamela Maxwell, has worked for Newton County for nearly 15 years.

Stone said members of the Recreation Commission conducted interviews Wednesday and will make a recommendation to the full board Monday. He said the decision to open the position only to internal candidates was to provide incentives to county employees, “just the idea of letting folks know that there are possibilities for you if you work hard and do your job.”

Avery has been assistant director for the Recreation Commission since 2000 and has carried out the responsibilities of director since former Director Tommy Hailey retired in May.

Avery was previously recreation coordinator from 1993 to 1995. Also during that time, he was an early childhood teacher at McIntosh Early Childhood Development Center. He was a health educator and physical education coach at Norcross High School from 1991 to 1992.

He has a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from Tennessee Technical University.

Taylor has worked for the Recreation Commission since 1999, serving as facilities manager and recreation administrator. He interned with the commission for two summers prior to being hired. Taylor has an associate’s of science degree in recreation management from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and a bachelor of science in recreation management from Shorter College.

Pamela Maxwell is business license and code enforcement coordinator in the Department of Development Services.

Maxwell has been a Newton County employee since 1999. Her past job titles include public works administrative specialist, code enforcement officer and planning and development administrative coordinator. Maxwell is also a part-time wellness coach at Covington Family YMCA.

She is currently obtaining an associate’s degree in business management from Georgia Piedmont Technical College and has been certified as a code enforcement officer and in local government management by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. She obtained a GED from DeKalb Technical College.

Stone said it will be up to the board whether to accept an internal candidate or open the search to a wider area.

The salary range for the position is $58,595 to $75,000, depending on education and qualifications.