Coweta County and the city of Newnan will be partnering with the Coweta Community Foundation to fund the position of a long-term tornado recovery director for the community.
Coweta County and the city of Newnan will each contribute $50,000 annually toward funding the director's position for three years.
County officials recently met with CCF board members and Executive Director Kristin Webb, said County Administrator Michael Fouts.
"Both the city and the county find that it is in the best interests of the community to help fund a long-term recovery director under the office of the foundation to help oversee long-term recovery – instead of duplicating services from the county and the city," said Fouts.
As part of the agreement, the city and county will each have a representative at the "allocations table," which will distribute resources. The county and city will help the foundation in selecting volunteers for the expert panel and will provide needed data. The foundation will also provide reports to the county and city on activities and funding. The agreement can be terminated with 60 days notice if ever needed.
"We believe this is a short-term solution, and it will help them be able to put all the existing funding and donations toward the relief effort," Fouts said of the foundation.
Commissioner John Reidelbach said he wanted to make sure people understand that the director position is being funded by the county and city – and not by tornado relief donations. Reidelbach said he had spoken to officials at the foundation and "they run a really tight ship."
The Newnan City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to approve its portion of the funding. According to agenda materials, the city may be able to use funds from the American Rescue Plan for the position.
The funding will cover the expenses of the recovery director’s position as well as associated office costs, said Webb.
“We greatly appreciate the support of the city and county as we all work towards long-term recovery for our community,” Webb said. “In addition to everything they've done to address citizen's needs since March 26, they have been important partners for the Foundation and the nonprofit community and our disaster response efforts. … Their support of the director's position not only allows us to move forward with confidence with this plan, it also allows the foundation to direct disaster contributions to the direct benefit of residents and nonprofit programs that help recovering neighborhoods.”
CCF officials have been interviewing candidates for the long term recovery director; the job posting is open through Aug. 25 on workforgood.org .
The director must have at least five years of experience in disaster recovery, according to the job posting.
Hiring a long-term recovery director is a best practice used in many communities, and that's why the Coweta Community Foundation and others active in tornado relief decided that would be the best thing to help Coweta recover. The director, when hired, will become the chairperson of the Long-Term Recovery Committee.
Having a director will help centralize all the recovery efforts in the community and means someone will be working full time on managing all aspects of long-term recovery.