Cobb's county manager pulls out in Fulton
by Jon Gillooly
May 15, 2013 12:40 AM | 4815 views | 10 10 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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County Manager David Hankerson has withdrawn his name from being considered as the new county manager of Fulton County.

Hankerson was one of three finalists for the position.

Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee said Hankerson contacted Fulton officials on Monday to let them know he was no longer interested in the job.

“Mr. Hankerson just informed me that he has informed the Fulton County Board of Commissioners that he has officially withdrawn his name from consideration of the county manager’s job of Fulton County,” Lee said Tuesday evening. “He just felt that he’s better served here, and he loves Cobb County, and this is where he needs to be. This is his home, so he wants to stay here and finish his career in Cobb.”

Hankerson, 67, who receives a total compensation as manager of Cobb County of $274,007, has been eligible to retire since Dec. 1, 2003. That means he could retire and begin collecting his pension, while being paid the new salary as Fulton County manager, a practice known as “double dipping.”

While Lee said Hankerson withdrew his name because he loves Cobb County, that may not have been the only reason.

Bobbie Battista, spokeswoman for Fulton Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves, said Tuesday evening she wasn’t aware that Hankerson had withdrawn his name. She said Hankerson didn’t have the needed votes from the seven-member board to be hired.

“He was the No. 1 pick. It was a matter of votes. Could not get four votes,” Battista said, noting, “I think this kind of in some ways reopens the search a little bit. They have two candidates left, so they’ll discuss those, but I don’t know if there’ll be enough votes. It’s all about votes, so it’s hard to predict.”

Hankerson told the MDJ late Tuesday evening that it was news to him about not having the needed four votes for the job, given that he's primarily communicated through Fulton County’s search firm.

Hankerson said that over the last few weeks he's reflected on where he wants to be and ultimately decided it was to remain where he is. Content with that choice, he left Eaves a message Monday, asking that his name be withdrawn from consideration.

“I’m happy,” Hankerson said.

Lee said he is relieved that Hankerson is remaining in Cobb.

“When people make a decision to move on with their life I’m always encouraged because I encourage people to do that, but it’s a huge void that we would have had to fill,” Lee said. “We got a lot going on. His stability and his knowledge and his experience is good for the county, and I rely on that, so I’m glad to see he’s made a decision to stay with us.”
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Four Eyes in Fulton
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May 16, 2013
Fulton County does have its problems but they are not dysfunctional. Cobb County can be called dysfunctional more so than Fulton. Maybe in not hiring Hankerson, Fulton’s Commissioners are acting on things that here in Cobb were ignored (misuse of the street light funds, buying overpriced mules, buying his friend’s overpriced dump trucks and more). David Hankerson should have been fired long ago for his mismanagement which you alluded to when you said he was “…blistered in ink a couple of years ago.” Fulton County Commissioners were not fooled by his claims to fame; taking credit for the great job done by his employees. This is not great management, but rather getting credit for the great work of others. Lee says he is relieved that Hankerson is staying, but it is clear Hankerson wanted to leave, but could not get enough votes to get hired. It took Fulton County only 45 minutes to figure out what Cobb County could not figure out in 20 years, which is the fact that Hankerson is not county manager material.
misunderstanding
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May 16, 2013
Has anyone realized that Fulton Co is too dysfunctional to know what they want or to be committed to change. Mr.H. could have HELPED Fulton but they are directionless. He is probably smart to stay here. On the Cobb side, it may be time for new blood in his spot here. Some say he lost the fire in his belly when he was blistered in ink a couple of yrs ago. Apparently he hasn't been as effective in Cobb since. Good man, however.
Say what?
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May 15, 2013
Hankerson said, "...he's primarily communicated through Fulton County’s search firm." If that is the case, why didn't he call them, and how unprofessional was it to leave a message saying he was withdrawing. Something is very wrong here, and I hope the MDJ won't rest until the truth is discovered and the public informed. If he were really happy, he would have never interviewed. He was caught with his pants down.

Just Wait
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May 15, 2013
My God! If a place like Fulton County can't come up the support to hire Hankerson, what have we be stuck with all these years?
More of the Same
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May 15, 2013
In other words, Lee promised Hankerson another big raise to stay. Meanwhile, the peons who do the real work receive no salary increase, have to pay more for insurance and cower while Hankerson micromanages every department in the county.
Piney Woods Pete
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May 15, 2013
David Hankerson: The Inconstant Nymph. Another suitor jilted at the altar. As I told a commissioner years ago, they might as well do some succession planning.
Steve Rhinehart
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May 15, 2013
A sad day for Cobb County. Evidently the "perks" in Fulton are not as good as they are in Cobb.
Disappointing MDJ
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May 15, 2013
Double dipping is the practice of receiving a pension and a paycheck from the same source, which can be seen as unethical. Retiring from one entity and getting employment from another is not only completely above board, but can be pretty smart.

Kind of slanderous language for a great paper like the MDJ to be throwing around.
Wrong.....
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May 15, 2013
Your definition is obviously from the point of view of a public sector employee. I think 90% of the public understands that tax dollars support these people and they are indeed "double-dipping." It is no secret that Hankerson would have made close to half a million dollars drawing both, all at the expense of taxpayers, regardless of the county. If he had the votes he would have gone.
I16
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May 15, 2013
Irreplaceable, we love you and need you.

The housing market and builders still need you.

I don't think Mr. Lee could handle the county by him self.

Thanks for staying.
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