Two Butts County employees have been promoted to the position of director of their respective departments.

Mary Lynn Overbey will lead the Department of Leisure Services, which operates youth athletics and senior citizens programs.

Wendell “Kip” Washington will lead the Department of Public Works.

Overbey takes over from Jim Herbert, who has been interim director of the department since the removal in May of former director Linda Parrish. Herbert had previously been director of the department from 1998 to 2013.

Washington has been in charge of Public Works since the July 1 retirement of longtime director Marty Long.

County officials announced the appointments, made by County Administrator Steve Layson, following a closed-door executive session during a meeting Monday evening.

Overbey has worked full time at Leisure Services since 2001. Most recently, she’s held the position of program manager at the department. Before coming on board full time, Overbey worked at Leisure Services part time and also volunteered as a parent.

“She is well known in the community for her work in all aspects of recreation but most especially, in recent years, the gymnastics program, which has brought much notice to the county,” Government Relations Director J. Michael Brewer said.

Washington has worked in Public Works since 1998, and for much of his tenure has been assistant director.

“Over the years, he has earned a solid reputation for his work ethic, fairness and desire to save money when purchasing goods and services for the Public Works department, which maintains hundreds of miles of county roads and many bridges, seven recycling centers and a motor pool of county vehicles, road equipment, public safety apparatus and more,” Brewer said.

Layson said both Overbey and Washington will be effective leaders in their posts.

“I think this is a positive step for Butts County,” Layson said. “Both of these individuals are products of Butts County and have given many years of service to the citizens, both through their work and their actions in the community. I think they both bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the table and have the best interests of the citizens at heart in what they do. I’m looking forward to working with both of them to advance Butts County and its outreach to the community.”

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Michael Davis has been the editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus since 2010. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for the Henry Daily Herald and Clayton News-Daily.