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County CFO resigns
Thomas out April 2
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Forsyth County's chief financial officer is leaving his post.

Bill Thomas submitted his letter of resignation Monday, stating his final day would be April 2.

He did not specify a reason for the departure in the letter, a copy of which the Forsyth County News obtained.

Thomas could not be reached for comment.

The chief financial officer is responsible for managing the county's finances and providing counsel to the commissioners and county management staff.

Upon Thomas' leave, "the duties will be absorbed by the county manager and staff," said Jodi Gardner, spokeswoman for the county.

The county is not looking to hire anyone else for the position at this time, she said.

Earlier this month, the county announced that Tim Merritt was the sole finalist for deputy county manager.

No one has filled the position since September 2008, when Doug Derrer was promoted to interim county manager to replace Rhonda Poston O'Connor, who was fired.

Derrer became county manager in March 2009.

Merritt, a former assistant city manager in Gainesville, could be hired as early as this week.

Thomas, who has more than 30 years of government experience, came out of retirement in October 2007 to begin working as the county's chief financial officer.

His time with the county has been marked by a national recession and three difficult county budgets.

He and his wife, Cathy, have been married for more than 40 years and live in Habersham County. They have two children and three grandchildren.