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Finalists chosen for Elbert County manager

Three men in contention for post that opened when Ed Ehmann resigned


Three finalists are in the running to become the new county manager.

The board of county commissioners selected the finalists from among 17 applicants at a public meeting Aug. 23, according to an Elbert County news release.

Samuel Albrecht, Richard Keele and Guy Patterson are vying to replace Ed Ehmann, who resigned in June after more than three years as county manager. Ehmann's base annual salary was $109,000.

"It's rare to get such a talented group of individuals applying for a position such as this," Commissioner Chris Richardson said. "There were many top-quality people among those who applied and I look forward to filling this key county position. I am confident our citizens will be well-served by our eventual pick."

Each candidate will be interviewed by panels of local leaders prior to a final selection and job offer, according to the news release. The final choice is expected to be made during a public meeting tentatively scheduled for mid-September.

Here's a brief look at the finalists, with information provided by Elbert County:

Samuel Albrecht

The Elbert County resident has a master's degree in business administration and has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience, primarily in the nonprofit sector. He is the principle officer of Albrecht Consulting Solutions.

Richard Keele

The Elbert County resident has a master's degree in business administration, with a concentration on human resource management and experience in personnel and project management with the federal government. He is employed by the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

Guy Patterson

The Salida resident has a master's degree in public administration and has extensive experience in local government and as a small business owner. Most recently, he was the city administrator for Salida.


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