DALTON, Ga. - Mitch Talley is looking forward to fewer deadlines, having more time to spend with his family and seeing county government function from the inside.
Mr. Talley recently accepted the position of communications director for Whitfield County, replacing Brooke Bennett.
He worked 33 years at The Calhoun Times and spent the latter years as editor. Mr. Talley said he is looking forward to getting back to his roots as a writer and connecting with people.
"I feel like I know what people are interested in reading," he said.
Mr. Talley said he decided to change careers largely to try something new.
He grew up in Gordon County and started in newspapers at the end of his high school career in 1976. He worked first as a janitor, delivery boy and "flyer," pulling newspapers off the printing press. He moved through several positions at the paper, including sports and city editor. He became editor in 1991.
Mr. Talley led the newspaper to several Georgia Press Association awards over the years, according to a press release.
He holds a degree in public relations from Berry College in Rome, Ga. As communications director, Mr. Talley will oversee the distribution of information to the media and keep residents abreast of what is going on in county government, according to the news release.
Already Mr. Talley said he is impressed with Whitfield County's commissioners.
"I admire anyone that holds a public office," he said. "It's not all about fame and glory; there is a lot of work that goes into it."