More than 30 applications were submitted for the job, according to Manager Clinton
Lester. During the selection process, the original number was trimmed until
only Denton's name remained.
"We attracted a number of highly qualified candidates," Lester said. "We are lucky to have Matt on board and involved in Polk County's government."
Lester said the process was a learning experience for him.
"I have worked most of my career without an assistant," he explained. "Having Matt on board is wonderful. He is familiar with many things in county government and is proving an asset."
Denton, who previously worked as an engineer for Floyd County, said the position has brought him close to his family, including wife Lisa and children Brandon, Brittany and Jordan. He is the son of Mary and Jim Denton.
He enjoys being at home and is delighted he no longer has to travel out of town to work.
He described his first days on the job as fantastic and finds working with county staff like being part of a large family.
"I have received a warm welcome and feel comfortable here," he said.
Upon arrival, he said he was a bit overwhelmed with everything that goes on in government administration.
He is now learning the basic nuts and bolts of what makes Polk's government tick. This includes management style and expectation of county commissioners.
He said he is excited and challenged by the job and feels he can make a difference in the county where he resides.
Denton said he believes growth will continue to be a major challenge in Polk.
"No one wants sprawl or to become another bedroom community of Atlanta," he added. "It is important that industry and smart residential development is balanced."
Indicators of continued growth is the development in adjoining counties, according to Denton.
"There are many new subdivisions going up in Floyd and Paulding has exploded with new homes during the past several years," he said.
He said that Polk's position for anticipated growth is due, in part, to its major transportation routes - 27 and 278 - plus the proximity to the interstates 20 and 75.
"It is logical that this county is a natural target for growth," he added.
Denton attends Second Baptist Church in Cedartown, is a member of the Exchange Club and enjoys outdoor sports such as fishing and hunting.