Don Powers

After 12 years of managing the City of Thomson, the administrator is retiring.

Don Powers, who began the job in March 2007, has announced that he is retiring this fall. The city is seeking his successor and is now accepting applications for a new City Administrator.

The City Administrator is responsible for implementation of the policies set forth by the mayor and city council and for exercising management control over all operational departments.  The office includes the City Administrator and City Clerk.

According to the job description, the administrator manages a workforce of 100 employees who provide services associated with water, sewer, natural gas, solid waste collection, as well as the public safety functions of fire and police protection.  

“We are trying to have someone in place by Sept. 1,” said Mayor Kenneth Usry. “Don has done an excellent and superb job over these last 12 years. We will miss him and we wish him the best.” Usry said.

 “The successful candidate must be energetic, community–minded, be willing to be a part of the diverse leadership in the community and to continue to work closely with the management personnel of McDuffie County,” the description states.

The city is accepting applications through noon on July 22. Applications are available online at For more information, contact Shanda Grant at or call 706-595-1781.

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