By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
After only a few short weeks back on the job as the Director of Franklin County’s E-911 Department, Jones Beasley has resigned, this time for good.
According to Interim Franklin County Manager John Phillips, Beasley resigned last month as the result of an issue with another county employee, but would not go into any further details.
“There was an issue,” Phillips said. “And we talked with Jones about the circumstances and like I say, he offered to resign.”
However, Beasley told a different story.
He said he knows nothing about any issue with employees.
Beasley said he had simply decided to go in another direction.
“I don’t know what he’s talking about,” Beasley said Tuesday. “It was just awkward coming back, but I appreciate the county giving me the opportunity. It just didn’t feel right and I decided to do something else.”
Back in September, Franklin County fired Beasley from his job as the EMA/E-911 Director for not getting new dispatchers into state-required 911 training from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council within the first six months they were hired.
Beasley said it was because they were short-handed.
After he was fired, Franklin County E-911 dispatchers and other county emergency personnel rallied to Beasley’s defense at a Franklin County Board of Commissioners meeting and asked the county to re-hire him.
After a called session, Phillips rehired Beasley at a lower rate of pay and only as the E-911 director.
Now, Beasley said that after 12 years as the EMA/E-911 director, coming back to work just did not feel right.
“I’ve been on call for over 25 years, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and I’m just ready to hunt something else,” Beasley said.
Beasley said for now, he is working in his old profession as an electrician but has not made any other firm plans.
Phillips said Franklin County has no plans to look for another E-911 director.
“What we’re actually going to do is combine the E-911 Director and the Emergency Services Director positions and have one director over both of those departments,” Phillips said Tuesday.
Franklin County EMS Director Terry Harris will take over as E-911 Director.
The former Assistant EMA Director, Lyndon Burgess, was already promoted last month to be the new EMA Director.