MOULTRIE -- County Administrator Billy Mock released the short list Tuesday for the Colquitt County Correctional Institution's open position of warden, one day after the county board approved Mock's recommendation of former sheriff Billy Howell.

After interviews, Mock said he narrowed the candidates down to Howell; CCCI Deputy Warden Rayford Causey, who's worked there for about 18 years; Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team Commander Jerry Green; Colquitt County Chief Magistrate Court Judge Mose Kinsey and Autry State Prison Deputy Warden Stacey Webb.

All final candidates are from Colquitt County, Mock said.

At Monday night's board meeting, Commissioner Luke Strong opposed giving Howell the nod, saying the interviewing process was unfair.

"I think it was a cut and dried from Day One, just like the county administrator's position," he said.

The commissioner said that several persons told him Howell was saying weeks ago he had a guarantee the job was his.

"There are other more qualified individuals than Howell," Strong said.

The decision now goes to the Georgia Board of Corrections for approval.

Current warden, Leland Dampier, retires March 1.

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