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DOCO Public Works loosens job requirements

Dougherty County is changing job requirements to fill more positions and give others...
Dougherty County is changing job requirements to fill more positions and give others opportunities.(WALB)
Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 6:43 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) -Dougherty County is changing job requirements to fill more positions and give others opportunities. Labor positions at public works, they aren’t requiring a high school diploma or GED as long as someone has one year of experience.

This policy change is specifically for public works—and it helped one man land a job he said he loves to do.

Labor positions at public works, they aren’t requiring a high school diploma or GED as long as...
Labor positions at public works, they aren’t requiring a high school diploma or GED as long as someone has one year of experience.(WALB)

Yard maintenance, mowing grass, weed cutting, pressure washing, and cutting hedges are all things Willie Curry has been doing for 25 years.

“Well, this is all I’ve been doing ever since I was a little bitty boy which I like doing this. I love it,” said Curry.

Willie Curry has been working for Public Works for 2 weeks.
Willie Curry has been working for Public Works for 2 weeks.(WALB)

Even with years of experience and owning and operating his own yard maintenance business, policy got in the way of Curry working for the county.

County Commissioner Victor Edwards said in this case, policy didn’t make sense.

Victor Edwards is the District 2 Commissioner for Dougherty County.
Victor Edwards is the District 2 Commissioner for Dougherty County.(WALB)

“It was very astonishing because this person was at one time a vendor for the county. Cutting 12 lots a week,” said Edwards.

For a labor position with Dougherty County’s Public Works, it required a person to have one year of experience, and a high school diploma or GED, until now.

“It was just a barrier that hindered a lot of people from applying for these particular jobs with the county,” said Edwards.

With 17 open positions and a 57% turnover rate, Public Works Director Chuck Mathis said this could help fill openings.

Chuck Mathis is the Dougherty County Public Works Director
Chuck Mathis is the Dougherty County Public Works Director(WALB)

″I’ve interviewed folks that have experience but did not have the credentials. This makes a great change and we’re glad about it,” said Mathis.

Now he’s hoping to hire more people like Curry, who’s hoping other people use his story to better themselves.

“I thank God for the job. Never give up if God gave me a chance to if they just keep trying and don’t give up,” said Curry.

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