Mayor: I will not act as interim manager for Powder Springs
by Geoff Folsom
gfolsom@mdjonline.com
February 18, 2012 12:00 AM | 2735 views | 6 6 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
POWDER SPRINGS — The city of Powder Springs is expected to select an interim city manager soon, but Mayor Pat Vaughn said it won’t be her this time.

“I have my hands full as mayor,” said Vaughn, who has served as interim city manager during two past searches for permanent administrators.

The position came open after City Manager Rick Eckert resigned after a closed city council meeting Feb. 9. Vaughn said the parting was amicable, with Eckert offering to act as a consultant until he gets another job or the end of May, whichever comes first.

“We have enjoyed his time with the city and wish him the best with his future endeavors,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn said she thought Eckert would want to return to Colorado, where much of his family lives.

Eckert has applied for a number of jobs in recent months, including management positions in Jackson and Butts counties in Georgia, as well as La Plata County, Colo., and the city of McDonough.

Vaughn said Powder Springs, a city of 13,940, will appoint an interim city manager. To find a permanent city manager, the city is considering putting together a search committee, she said.

“It’s a lengthy process,” she said.

Eckert was hired in May 2010 with a two-year contract worth $115,000 annually. Vaughn said he came to the city from CH2M Hill, a Colorado-based consulting firm that assisted with the incorporation of cities including Sandy Springs and Johns Creek.

He replaced Charles Nickerson, who was fired in January 2009. Nickerson was hired in May 2007 after the city manager job had been vacant since 2005.

“There is no controversy here,” she said. “There is no story. City managers typically stay three to five years.”

Calls to Eckert were not returned.
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Old timer
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February 22, 2012
We have not seen a job performance evaluation. Who knows what he was doing?
MsDuncan
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February 18, 2012
“There is no controversy here,” she (Mayor Vaughn) said. “There is no story. City managers typically stay three to five years.”

Just for the record, here are some local Managers:

City of Marietta: William Burton, from Jan, 2000 to present

City of Acworth: Brian Bulthuis, from Oct, 1996 to present

Cobb County County Manager: David Hankerson, from 1993 to present

City of Smyrna, City Administrator: from Oct. 2009 to present

Just where does she get her information from?
check aound
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February 18, 2012
I wish he MDJ would compare the Cobb cities to see how long the city managers average say has been, not to mention the county.
R U Serious?
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February 18, 2012
And in Powder Springs, city managers can not even get past 20 months. a 3-5 year run would really help the city, but the mayor will never let that happen.

there is a story here don't you think?
Common sense
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February 18, 2012
The story is that the mayor and her city council run the city on the good ole boy system. She is a two faced pain in the rear end to work for and not very bright.
Old timer
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February 22, 2012
I like the mayor. She puts the best interests of the city first.
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