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David Crocker to serve as interim city manager in SF

David Crocker to serve as interim city manager in SF

Posted: Monday, December 27, 2010 9:08 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
South Fulton Mayor Da-vid Crocker will serve as his city’s interim city manager as the search begins for someone to permanently work in that capacity.
The South Fulton City Commission voted during a called session this morning to appoint Crocker to the position in the aftermath of the recent resignation of city manager Jeff Vowell.
City commissioner Charles Moody made the motion to appoint Crocker as interim and it was seconded by commissioner Tony Perry. The vote was 4-0, with Crocker and commissioner Thomas Pettigrew joining Moody and Perry in approving the motion. Vice Mayor Keith Curlin was absent.
Before the motion and vote, Crocker told his fellow commissioners that the city’s mayors have been appointed in the past to serve as interim city managers when a vacancy has occurred. He said he does not have a problem with serving as interim, but he said he may not have as many hours to devote to the position as some past interims due to his full-time job as a law enforcement officer.
Crocker said he hopes the commission can hire someone “as good as Jeff.”
Vowell submitted his official resignation to the city commission Dec. 15 after accepting a position in the local banking industry. He told The Messenger he is excited about the opportunity, but he said it was a tough decision to leave the city position.
Vowell, who is from the Twin Cities and has a background in banking and production, was hired as city manager in December 2007. He replaced Kathy Dillon, who left the position in October 2007 to accept a position with the City of Union City, where she is now city manager.
Vowell’s wife, Thea, is executive director of the Twin Cities Chamber of Commerce. She gave birth to the couple’s first child earlier this year.
Wednesday will be Vowell’s final day on the job as South Fulton’s city manager.
In other action during this morning’s called meeting, the commission authorized Vowell to start advertising for a new city manager.
Vowell urged commissioners to look for someone who has character and enthusiasm. He said experience is good, but he encouraged them not to let it weigh too heavily on their decision, reminding them that he had no experience as a city manager when he was hired three years ago.
This morning’s meeting in the conference room at the South Fulton Municipal Building opened with Vowell giving commissioners a written update on several pending issues, including the city’s industrial board, rural fire protection, the construction of a tower by Verizon, a building inspection program, the city’s wastewater plant and the ongoing sewer improvement project.
The commission met this morning in spite of the fact that City Hall remained closed today for the Christmas holidays. It was a meeting that had been rescheduled from last Tuesday evening when there was lack of a quorum.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 12.27.10

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