By Tia Lynn Ivey
A new county manager has been chosen by the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC). The board announced this week that Adam Mestres will be officially voted in as the next county manager next week and is slated to begin on April 10.
“On behalf of the board, we are delighted to have him as our new county manager,” said BOC Chairman Donald Harris. “We think he will be a good fit with the good staff that we already have.”
Mestres is ready for the job and happy to resettle in Morgan County with his wife Jennifer Mestres and adopted 3-year-old twins, Zoe and Zander.
“I am excited for the opportunity to be able to bring myself and my family to Morgan County. I am looking forward to a great working relationship with the commission, the staff members and the community,” said Mestres. “I want to get in and see everything that is going on, sit down with the staff and prioritize where we need to go moving forward.”
Mestres prides himself on public transparency, pledging to the BOC that he is completely dedicated to conducting an open and honest government.
“I believe in transparency 100 percent,” said Mestres. “We are running a government with taxpayer money, our officials are elected by the taxpayers, so we owe it to them to be transparent in what we are doing.”
According to Harris, Mestres came highly recommend by the Association County Commissioners (ACCG). The BOC selected Mestres out of 46 applicants. The field was narrowed down to seven, and Mestres won out.
“He stood out to us as the right man for the job,” said Harris.
According to a press release from the BOC, “After a thorough search and interviews of numerous, well-qualified candidates, including two in-house, the Morgan County Board of Commissioners has narrowed its search for a new County Manager to Mr. Adam C. Mestres. The Board is required by law to wait at least 14 days after releasing Mr. Mestres’ name to the public before taking any official vote to hire him.
Mr. Mestres considers himself a career public servant, having served in various roles over the last 19 years with over 12 being specifically in a management capacity. For the last 6 years, he has been the Administrator for Jefferson County, where he is responsible for managing county finance and operations and the overall day-to-day function of the county government. Adam oversees a team of approximately 160 employees and a total budget of approximately $16 million. He believes that transparency, efficiency & effectiveness are among the top mechanisms needed to have a well-functioning governmental organization. Prior to his work as County Administrator, Adam spent a majority of his governmental career in the field of Public Safety, having served as a paramedic, a 911 communications officer, a firefighter, a deputy chief of police, and the executive director of a non-profit ambulance service. Mr. Mestres is a double alumnus from Augusta State University (now Augusta University), having earned a B.A. in Political Science and a M.P.A. in Public Administration where he graduated at the top of his class. Adam looks forward to new beginnings in Morgan County and is excited to hit the ground running.“