Brown picked as Fayette chairman

Rapson named county manager

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown was unanimously selected as the commission’s chairman Wednesday night in front of a packed house that came to witness and celebrate the swearing-in of new commissioners Charles Oddo, Randy Ognio and David Barlow.

As expected, the commission also hired Peachtree City resident Steve Rapson as the new county manager, replacing retiring county manager Jack Krakeel. Rapson most recently served as the city manager for Union City and also was previously the budget manager for Fulton County government. He also served with Brown previously on the Peachtree City Council when Brown was mayor from 2002-2005.

Rapson is highly regarded for his budget acumen, which will come in handy as the county continues to face declining budget revenues due to shrinking property values.

Brown announced that residents would be allowed to address the commission prior to the vote on each and every agenda item. The concept was ratified by cheering from the audience.