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Jasper Co. Council votes to eliminate deputy administrator position

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Jasper County Council voted six to one to eliminate the county's deputy administrator position.

Monday night's vote divided the county, according to George Hood, the now former deputy administrator.

"I hope this council will began to heal the community and pull them together," Hood said. "I see too much division in this small community."

The newly elected council members drafted an ordinance to eliminate Hood's position in order to try and save the county money, but according to council member Theo Drayton, that's a lie.

Drayton says the council has a personal vendetta against Hood.

"There's over 200 jobs in Jasper County and you mean to tell me the county looked at all those jobs and they only found one that we needed to get rid of?" Drayton said.

The other council members said there's no need for the $100,000 deputy administrator position.

Some county residents agree, saying the council is simply trying to cut the fat out of the budget.

"What I see in this position they took tonight is that they are willing to evaluate different areas of the budget and see where they need to reduce cost," said Rob McBrayer, Jasper County resident.

And there are those who agree with Drayton.

"It is so not fair," Dr. Richie Reed, a Jasper County resident said. "Not fair to the individual, and mostly not fair to the residents. The residents need the services he provides."

Council chair Henry Etheridge said the county administrator can handle the duties on his own. He promised residents that eliminating the deputy position will not hurt the county.

Hood took the vote gracefully, and he says he will remain involved. The only thing he wants is to make Jasper County better.

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