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April 22--  A former Montgomery County commissioner is the new county manager.

Brandon Braddy was hired Monday night to be the county's first manager under local legislation passed by the state legislature changing the county's form of government to one administered by a county manager.

{mosimage}(L-R) Commissioner Frank Brantley, Brandon Braddy, Chairman Vernon Sumner, and Commissioners Tim Williamson and John Carpenter. (Not pictured, Commissioner Clarence Thomas.)

Commission Chairman Vernon Sumner believes Braddy is uniquely qualified for the job.

"I think we've hired a good person and I think he'll be able to do the job we need him to do.  I'm very glad to have him on board.  The commissioners set the policies for him to work with.  He works under us and will be able to get out and take the legwork off of us," the Chairman said.

Braddy served on the county commission for 16 years and was chairman for over two years.  He decided not to seek relection in 2012.

"It's going to more of an operational position and I look forward to working with all of the department heads in developing their budgets and helping them with their departments.  I hope that my experience on the policy side will flow on over to the operational side.  I know what to expect from the commissioners because I sat on that side of the table.  I want the constituents to know that my door is always open to help them with any problems they have and I just look forward to working for Montgomery County," Braddy said.

Braddy attended Brewton-Parker College before going to Georgia Southern for his degree in business administration and accounting.  He went to work for Montgomery Bank and Trust after college and has been with Mount Vernon Bank since April, 2011.

His father was the county probate judge for 36 years and Braddy says he's been learning about local government since he was a boy.

"It's just been a part of my family and stems back from my family being involved in county politics and public service.  Now I get the opportunity to be involved in an administrative role and I'm looking forward to it," he says.

Braddy's first day on the job will be May 6.