Alicia Vaughn named Habersham County Manager

(Hadley Cottingham/Now Habersham)

After serving as the county’s interim manager for more than six months, Alicia Vaughn is now Habersham County’s manager.

“I feel somebody just told me I’m going to Disney World,” now-County Manager Alicia Vaughn said. “I am so happy, first of all. I’m ecstatic, I’m so excited and I feel very blessed.”

Vaughn came to Habersham County from Catoosa County in July of 2021 when she was appointed to the position of interim county manager. During the county’s search for a permanent manager, which Vaughn applied for, she was one of three finalists in the search. Jan. 4, she was named the sole finalist, and Thursday night, she became the county manager.

Vaughn thanks the commissioners for their appointment, sharing her excitement to become Habersham’s County Manager. (Hadley Cottingham/Now Habersham)

“I truly feel like I was meant to be here,” Vaughn says. “I was sent here, and I feel like this is the place I was supposed to be.”

Vaughn says that working with the county through Winter Storm Izzy “hammered home” how much she wants to be part of Habersham’s community long-term.

“It’s just full of really kind, amazing people,” Vaughn says of Habersham. “And the commissioners have been so supportive, I’m just really excited.”

The commission echoed her excitement after unanimously voting to make her county manager. They applauded her appointment, exchanging fist-bumps and words of praise.

“We are blessed and fortunate to have someone of your caliber, your qualities, your integrity, your heart, your passion,” Vice-Chairman Bruce Harkness said. “I’m a firm believer that attitude, zeal and morale trickle down.”

County Clerk Brandalin Carnes’s daughter, who has spent the past few days at the county offices due to closed schools, made Vaughn a card and offered her congratulations at the meeting. (Hadley Cottingham/Now Habersham)
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