Debra Craig gets right to work in SF

Debra Craig gets right to work in SF

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 12:02 am
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

Debra Craig gets right to work in SF | Debra Craig gets right to work in SF

Debra Craig
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
It was a busy first week of May for Debra Craig.
But it was a good week.
Mrs. Craig is officially on the job as South Ful-ton’s new city man-ager, having started work May 2 at the city’s municipal complex.
She was unanimously hired by the South Fulton City Commission during a called meeting April 12 and succeeds Jeff Vowell, who resigned in December to accept a position in the local banking business.
Mrs. Craig told The Messenger she met with city staff members, toured the municipal building and visited various city departments during her first week on the job in South Fulton. She said she spoke with city employees and listened to any concerns.
“I told them my expec-tations to make sure they know there’s a measure of accountability, especially for department heads,” she said. “Communication is a big thing, making sure we’re on the same page.”
Mrs. Craig has also been visiting in the community, which has included stops at the city’s water and sewer plant to become familiar with the people who work there.
She has done work on the city’s budget and met with the accountant Monday.
“We had a good meeting on the budget and got a good start,” she said.
On a finance-related matter, Mrs. Craig has been in contact with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service and has registered for her first classes toward becoming a Certified Municipal Finance Officer. The Municipal Finance Officer Certification and Education Act of 2007, passed by the Tennessee General Assembly, requires each municipality to have a CMFO by a specified date.
Mrs. Craig said she has also received many phone calls and had several visits from citizens. She said everyone has been respectful and understanding that she is still trying to learn the community.
“People want things to go well,” she said. “They’re not complaining, but just trying to find solutions to make things go better. I really appreciate them.”
In between learning the community and working on the budget, Mrs. Craig is also preparing for her first city commission meeting, set for May 19 at 5 p.m. at the municipal building.
“It’s been a very busy first week, but a very good first week,” she said. “I hope to continue this way.”
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.12.11

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