Findley accepts Georgia job

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 2, 2008

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – After nearly four years calling northeastern North Carolina as home, Jeff Findley now has a change of address.

Findley has been named publisher of The (Bainbridge, Ga.) Post-Searchlight and president of Bainbridge Media, LLC.

He comes to the southwestern Georgia city from Ahoskie where he served as president of Roanoke-Chowan Publications and publisher of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index and Roanoke-Chowan Shopper.

Roanoke-Chowan Publications and Bainbridge Media, LLC are part of the Boone Newspapers’ organization of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Natchez, Miss.

&uot;It is with mixed emotions that I make this transition from the Roanoke-Chowan area to Bainbridge, but the opportunity to be a part of the ownership group that has purchased the newspaper and an opportunity to be closer to my hometown was too good to pass up,” Findley said.

Findley, who has been in the Roanoke-Chowan area since October of 2004, said he felt as though he was home during that time period.

&uot;After spending almost four years at Roanoke Chowan Publications, I owe a debt of gratitude to the newspaper’s staff, my neighbors and the community as a whole,” Findley said. “The staff there is dedicated to producing an excellent community newspaper and that will not change.

&uot;Thank you for making me and family feel so welcome during our time there,” he continued. “The Roanoke-Chowan area will always have a special place in my heart. The relationships and friendships we developed there will last a lifetime.&uot;

Bainbridge Media, LLC acquired The Post-Searchlight from The Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, Inc. from its owners, Sam and Mary Ann Griffin, on May 31.

It is majority owned by Todd H. Carpenter, president and COO of Boone Newspapers, Inc. (BNI).

Other owners are Findley, BNI and key management personnel.

The new company will be managed by BNI.

&uot;Jeff Findley is an excellent publisher and leader.

He understands the role and obligation of a community newspaper, its publisher and staff,” said Carpenter.

&uot;He and the strong team of people at The Post-Searchlight make a good match to guide the newspaper going forward.&uot;

Findley, a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala. with a degree in business administration, said he’s enthusiastic about opportunities in Bainbridge.

&uot;To succeed the Griffin family and to build on their legacy of first-rate community journalism and civic involvement is an honor and privilege,&uot; Findley said. &uot;I look forward to settling into my new hometown of Bainbridge and getting to know all of its fine people and institutions.&uot;

Prior to Ahoskie, Findley, 38, worked two years as general manager of The Clanton (Ala.) Advertiser, also part of the Boone organization, and four years as a sales representative for The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser.

Jeff is a native of Millbrook, Ala.

He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children: McKenzie, 8, and Judson, 2.