County hires local to replace Mestres: Adam Brett is taking over as county administrator

In a called meeting Monday, April 17, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners met to discuss personnel.
After the meeting, a vote was taken to hire Adam Brett of Bartow as the next county administrator. Brett will replace Adam Mestres who resigned earlier this month to accept another position elsewhere.
Jefferson County Commission Chairman Mitchell McGraw said this week the decision was unanimous and was voted on Monday during a called meeting.
“He will start full time June 1; and, then Chris Hutchings will still be around a few days a week to help him get oriented with the job,” McGraw said.
“We feel like Adam (Brett) had a very good interview,” he said. The chairman said Brett, who teaches and coaches at Thomas Jefferson Academy in Louisville, has been named STAR teacher at TJ at different times.
McGraw said he and the board have confidence in Brett and believe he will continue the same type of work the county received from Mestres.
Hutchings is interim administrator during the time Mestres left until Brett takes over and will still be on hand in a consultant capacity for a time.
Brett, who will turn 40 in July, and Amanda, his wife of five years, have two children, both boys. 
Brett said the position he is assuming in two months is the challenge he has been looking for. He said he feels humbled to have been given the opportunity to continue to serve the people in the community.
He has been teaching math and coaching at TJA for the past 18 years.
Hutchings said he thinks Brett’s contract will be ready for the commission’s review and approval during the board’s May meeting. As the contract stands now, Brett will start at a salary of $45,000 a year with a two-step increase of $5,000 over six months.
“I’m grateful for the people around me,” Brett said. “I’m grateful this county has the built-in support (for me).”
In a cover letter to the board, Brett states his years in education have helped prepare him for this next step in his career.
“Whether leading a team on a large project or coaching a high school sports team, the same skills are needed. My success as a coach has shown that I know how to inspire people to work toward a collective goal that is bigger than themselves. Hard work, dedication and a love for seeing people grow personally will result in wins on the field; but, it will also translate to success in the business world,” he states.
Brett said his Christian faith gives him the moral compass needed to make difficult judgment calls and teaches him to value people who might have different perspectives. 
Brett holds a bachelor of science in secondary mathematics education and a master of education in educational leadership, both from the University of Georgia. 
He is also a deacon at the Wadley Baptist Church.