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County finalist turns down job offer
Officials resume search for director of finance
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Forsyth County News
The candidate offered the position of Forsyth County’s director of finance/controller has turned down the job.

David F. Maxwell sent a letter Monday offering praise for the area and the county’s staff, but stating that his choice not to take the job “is the best decision at this time.”

County spokeswoman Jodi Gardner said “the county will continue to look toward filling the position,” which was created several months ago.

Maxwell was the first person offered the job, Gardner said.

Under the tentative proposal to Maxwell, the county offered a base salary of $98,000 per year. The position would not fall under civil service protection.

According to the job description, the director of finance/controller serves as the head of the finance department, commercial services and risk management division, as well as providing financial leadership and expertise to county officials.

County Manager Doug Derrer is in charge of appointing the position, which falls under his direction.

The county commission voted 4-0, with Commissioner Brian Tam absent, on Aug. 19 to approve an employment agreement for a director of finance/controller.

Whoever is hired will replace Jamie Payne, who has been serving as interim director of finance. Her new title or position has not been determined, officials have said.