With next week’s Sept. 11, 2019 issue of The Chatsworth Times, Jimmy Espy will take the helm as general manager of Murray County’s hometown news outlet, The Chatsworth Times.
Espy, 57, served as editor at the Daily Citizen of Dalton, Ga. for more than 10 years, including the supervision of the Murray County news beat while there. Since 2010 he has worked for his family’s news operation in Summerville. Espy, wife Alison Gerber, and daughter Rowan reside in Dalton.
Current Managing Editor Kyle Presley is leaving the Times to pursue a new business endeavor with his family. A letter from Presley follows this brief.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work at the Times,” said Espy. “I love small-town newspapers and love the Murray County area. I look forward to meeting more people here.”
Espy has decades of experience in the newspaper industry, and his expertise in journalism and managing the newsroom is warmly welcomed by Regional Publisher Alan Davis.
“We will miss Kyle and the great job he has been doing serving our readers. I have enjoyed working with him and hate to see him go,” said Davis.
“We are fortunate to have Jimmy coming in to continue his fine work, and bringing his many years experience to the Times. Jimmy truly understands our community and will do a great job keeping the people of Chatsworth and Murray county informed.”
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A letter from the editor
I first met Jimmy when I worked at the Daily Citizen from 2005-2007 as a pre-press technician and composer, and I am happy he’s agreed to lead the team and bring his decades of experience in journalism and the newspaper industry.
I have been back at The Chatsworth Times for a year now- an amazing year for me as a creative person. Working as Managing Editor has been the pinnacle of my experience through the years in my relationship with this publication, one that is near-and-dear to me. And now it’s coming to a close. I have decided that I have fulfilled my mission here, and am ready for the next “big thing” – starting a family-based business in video production. Having a family-run business has always been a dream of mine and it’s about the only thing that could pull me away from my work here (aside from winning the lotto, but even then I’m not sure I’d want to leave), and now is the time to seize on the opportunity.
I’ve worked just about every position at the Times in a part-time capacity throughout high school, college, and while working for myself as a videography contractor. As editor, I came back to The Chatsworth Times full-time. When that opportunity came, I gladly accepted it from my predecessor Chuck Hamby, who worked hard to make The Chatsworth Times even more relevant, must-read, and impactful.
I’ve learned the ins-and-outs of a small-town newspaper after I started as a graphic designer and driver for the Times in 2004, and much more still 15 years later as managing editor.
I’ve learned a leader is nothing without their team. I have the best, most efficient team now that I’ve seen here compared to years past. I’ve learned that responsibly reporting the news is paramount. I’ve learned that comforting the afflicted, and afflicting the comfortable as a journalist is just as important now as it ever was – and that it is a job that is harder to do than it may seem.
I’m sad to say goodbye, but very excited about new developments in my life, and a new professional opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. This past year working as your editor has been an experience that I will never forget, and it has been a great honor of my lifetime to have had the responsibility to inform the public of the news in my hometown. And with that I say, “farewell.”
– Kyle Presley