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March 13--  The county manager in Toombs County has resigned.

County manager Doug Eaves tendered his letter of resignation Tuesday morning and told us it stated he wants to pursue other business opportunities and spend more time with his family.

Toombs Commission Chairman Buddy West noted Eaves' absence at the monthly meeting of the commissioners Tuesday evening and said county clerk Gail Widener will act as the interim manager.  

On advice of counsel, he said he could not say if the commissioners had sought Eaves' resignation,however, he did say he was surprised.

"It was sudden and it happened extremely fast this morning.  There's a lot of issues going on and I was kind of taken back the way it all came down," West said.

West credited Eaves with helping get the county back on sound financial footing since he came to the county in October, 2008.

In other actions, the commission tabled a bid to resurface nearly two miles of the Lyons-Center Road until the county engineer can do a cost analysis.  Sikes Brothers had earlier submitted an apparent low bid of $157,000 for the project.

It also agree to spend $6,000 to buy an acre of land on the New Normantown Road as a future location for a county convenience center.