Glenn Kennedy II will soon come to work just down the street from where he graduated high school.
But it was a long journey to get there.
Kennedy, who retired last July as garrison commander at Fort Gordon, was approved Tuesday by Columbia County commission members as the county’s new deputy administrator.
“This is great,” said Kennedy, who is scheduled to start Feb. 1. “I’ve spent the last 25 years of my life serving my country, and now I can come back to where it all started.”
A graduate of Evans High School and North Georgia College, Kennedy served 25 years in the Army, including his final two years at Fort Gordon as a colonel.
He previously served as a battalion commander with the 17th Signal Battalion in Iraq, and with the White House communications agency.
As deputy administrator, serving with Administrator Scott Johnson, Kennedy will have a key role in overseeing the county’s federally funded project to expand broadband access throughout the community.
“We are very fortunate to have somebody of this caliber as the Columbia County deputy administrator,” said Johnson, a Harlem High School graduate who joked about the schools’ cross-county rivalry.
The new position pays $89,000 per year.
Johnson, who took over on probationary status after the retirement of long-time administrator Steve Szablewski last fall, also received full approval Tuesday for the job at $119,000 per year.
OTHER ACTION TUESDAY:
• Commissioners approved a resolution asking local lawmakers to call a referendum in which voters would be able to limit commissioners and the chairman to two, four-year terms in office.
If approved, the restrictions would prevent the same person from taking office as commissioner or chairman again until he sat out for at least a year.
• Commissioners also unanimously approved a motion to set July 31 as the date for a referendum to allow voters to decide on the sale of package alcohol on Sundays. If voters approve, sales would begin Labor Day weekend.
Voters in the city of Grovetown already have approved the area’s first Sunday package sales, which began Dec. 11.
• Commissioners approved a deal with the Columbia County Board of Education to share in the cost of road improvements in front of the new Evans Elementary School site on Gibbs Road as part of a larger county project to upgrade the intersection at Gibbs and Hereford Farm roads.
• Commissioners rejected the rezoning of a proposed residential project on North Old Belair Road that neighbors had opposed because of concerns about construction traffic, and approved a rezoning from residential to commercial at 4521 Washington Road in Evans for a possible restaurant.