Development Authority narrows candidate pool

Published 12:50 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2019

AMERICUS — Employment interviews in connection with the selection of an executive director for the Americus-Sumter County Payroll Development Authority to replace  Barbara Grogan, who  vacated the position as of May 3, 2019, have been completed.

After a review of all resumes submitted, including resumes from applicants from within the region, state, and others from out-of-state, three candidates were interviewed in-person.

Following the thorough in-person interview process, one finalist, Rusty Warner, will be presented to the Board of the Authority for appointment as the Authority’s executive director at a meeting of the Authority to be held later this month.

Warner was most recently employed with the Development Authority of Elbert County, Elberton and Bowman as the chief economic developer for that county. He is also serving as the vice chairman of the NEGRC Regional Development Authority. In those roles, he acts as liaison among Elbert County, the cities within Elbert County, and various cities and counties in northeast Georgia to promote existing business expansion, new business recruitment and overall economic development opportunities in the northeast Georgia area. Warner has been involved in economic development since 2007.

All documents provided by the candidate or obtained by the Authority during the application and interview process, including resume and employment history, are available from the Authority in accord with the provisions of the Georgia Open Records Act.

About Americus-Sumter County Payroll Development Authority

Created by a constitutional amendment to the Georgia Constitution in 1962, the Americus-Sumter County Payroll Development Authority was established to enhance the economic environment of Sumter County through growth of the private sector. The Authority actively works with existing and prospective businesses who are considering Sumter as their location for growing and creating jobs. For more information visit: