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December 27--  There's a changing of the guard at the Toombs County courthouse as we approach the new year.

Three of the five county commissioners, including the chairman, are new to the job plus there's a new county manager.

{mosimage}John Jones of Eastmas was hired in December to take the job.

"We'll I'm excited about it.  My wife and I are looking forward to it and being in Toombs County," Jones said.

Jones is leaving a managerial career with an oil distributor due to downsizing by the company.  "We've been over there in the oil business for the past 20 years and about five years ago the owner wanted to start scaling that down and when that was accomplished I started looking around and this job came up.  Hopefully we'll be here for the next 20 years," he said.

Jones says he plans to apply the same business principles to his new government job as he did in private enterprise.

"You're still looking at revenues coming in and you're still looking at expenses that you've got to balance out.  Those concepts are the same and we're looking at efficiencies we can apply to delivering services to the taxpayers," he said.

The new county manager says he has an open door policy and if somethings wrong, he wants to know about it.

"If there is any kind of problem whatsoever, feel free to call or come to the courthouse.  I want to talk to taxpayers and people in the community and if there's a problem, I want to know about it," he said.