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Whitfield County, Georgia, commissioners have named an attorney and candidate from Wisconsin as the sole finalist for the county administrator position, a news release states.

Robert Sivick's appointment is expected at a special called meeting on Sept. 20, according to county communications director Mitch Talley.

"We're excited to have a person with such a wide range of city and county government experience join us as administrator," commission Chairman Jevin Jensen said in the release. "This role is pivotal to achieving our team's strategic objectives, and we are confident in Bob's leadership ability."

Sivick earned his law degree from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb., and a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnston, Pa. For four years he has been county administrator in Waushara County, Wis.

His earlier experience includes city and county roles in human resources, as a city attorney and a county manager. He practiced private law in Omaha from 1988 to 2007.

Sivick will replace Mark Gibson, who accepted the position of chief operations officer for Whitfield County Schools in July. County engineer Kent Benson has been serving as interim administrator while continuing his job as county engineer. Benson did not apply for the administrator position.

"It was gratifying to have so much interest in this critical county leadership role expressed by other highly qualified individuals," Jensen said. "I also want to personally thank Kent for stepping in as our interim administrator and the county department heads for supporting him during this transition."

The called meeting is set for noon on Sept. 20 at 201 S. Hamilton St.

— Compiled by Alex Chambliss

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