Former Stockbridge city administrator Ray Gibson
STOCKBRIDGE — Former Stockbridge City Administrator Ray Gibson said he wants to set the record straight regarding his professional qualifications.
Gibson said reports in the Henry Daily Herald, which state a master’s degree is required for the administrator position, are being stated incorrectly.
“The job said ‘master’s preferred,’ not required,” Gibson said Wednesday. “It was okay for the mayor to give me the job in May 2011.”
Prior to being city administrator, Gibson was Stockbridge’s assistant city manager from January 2010 until May 2011. He also is a former director for the Henry County Planning & Zoning Department.
Stockbridge Mayor Lee Stuart, earlier this year, claimed the administrator position calls for a master’s degree as a requirement for the job. The mayor was recently censured by the City Council for recent statements he made against Gibson, as well as Stockbridge Treasurer David Milliron.
Henry County Superior Court Judge Wade Crumbley recently deemed that the Stockbridge City Council acted illegally in March, when they extended Gibson’s contract. Stuart sued council members over the decision to keep Gibson as city administrator, even though he did not have a master’s degree at the time.
Gibson confirmed that, since his departure from the city government, he has earned a master’s degree.