Thomas County Manager Michael J. Stephenson has been reinstated to his post and was on his first day back Wednesday.

The Thomas County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted, after a closed session for personnel, to reinstate Stephenson to his position at its Tuesday, Aug. 23, meeting.

Stephenson was put on administrative leave without pay on July 11 after being charged with driving under the influence the previous day.

“When he got the DUI, we put him on administrative leave without pay and asked him to seek some help,” Chairman Elaine Mays told the Times-Enterprise. “He did that and now he is back.

“The board voted to reinstate him to his position as county manager and put him back on the county payroll.”

Board member Hershel Ansley, who seconded the motion to reinstate Stephenson, said Wednesday the vote was “to put him back to work this morning, full time, just as he was before he left.”

Stephenson gave a statement to the Times-Enterprise Wednesday afternoon.

“I appreciate the opportunity to come back to work and restart my career,” he said.

“I am grateful to the commissioners and all the people of the community who have supported and encouraged me. It is truly a privilege to be able to live and work in Thomas County.”

Read the complete story in Thursday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.

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