James F. “Jim” Ledbetter, who has served as attorney for Gordon County since June 2014, was named the new administrator of Gordon County on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. This comes after the resignation of John King earlier this year.
The administrator position has actually been merged with the county attorney position, where Ledbetter will serve the role. The county leaves open the option to bring in outside legal counsel as needed.
“It keeps me busy and challenges me, and I really like that,” said Ledbetter of the administrator job, which he has filled in for since late April. “It’s exciting and I’ve enjoyed the change.”
Ledbetter received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 1983 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1986, also from the University of Georgia.
He has practiced law in Gordon County for 31 years. Locally, Ledbetter has provided counsel to the Gordon County School district since 2001, and had his own law firm prior to taking on the role of county attorney.
Ledbetter is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, United States District Court N.D. Ga. and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
“During the interim period of searching for an administrator for Gordon County, Jim was doing the job of both county attorney and county administrator,” said County Commission Chair Becky Hood. “His expertise and knowledge of the law, partnered with his ability to manage the daily functions of the county, proved that he was highly qualified for the position and he quickly became our top choice. We are excited to have Jim as our administrator and running the day-to-day operations of Gordon County.”
Ledbetter will now focus on upcoming SPLOST projects including the Gordon County Courthouse renovation, the building of the new Gordon County Animal Shelter and the new Gordon County Health Department.