The City Council appointed former mayor and city councilman Brad Hulsey to the $104,000 post of city manager in a 4-1 vote Monday. Nancy Hudson cast the sole dissenting vote, which she declined to explain after the meeting.
Mayor Pat Vaughn said before the meeting that Hulsey, the interim city manager since February, was her choice over candidates Raymon Gibson, the former Stockbridge city administrator, and Terry Todd, the former Palmetto city manager.
“We felt Mr. Hulsey is best suited for Powder Springs,” she said, speaking for the recruitment committee. “He lives here and has been very involved in the community for many years. He fits the qualifications. We had some very good, strong applicants. But the overall picture — we feel he is the best for the city of Powder Springs.”
Hulsey said before the meeting he wanted the job for several reasons.
“I care about Powder Springs,” he said. “I’ve lived here since 1991. I’m a former mayor and city council member. I’ve placed a lot of my time and effort in the betterment of the city.”
His boots-on-the-ground experience makes him the best person for the job, he said.
“I can offer a unique perspective to the citizens. I think that helps me deal with specific issues as they relate to Powder Springs,” he said. “I know the uniqueness of the city, the people and the employees.”
After the vote, Hulsey thanked the mayor and City Council.
“Thank you for your trust and confidence in me. In the end, the truth wins out,” he said. “If you live in the truth, all good things happen. That’s how I live my life and how I perform my duties.”
Hulsey also thanked staff members, several of whom attended the meeting.
“You are only as good as the people around you,” he said. “We have such a wonderful staff at the city. I can’t do without their help. They’re a blessing in my life.”
According to minutes from the Feb. 20 City Council meeting, during which Hulsey was appointed interim city manager, he was on the City Council from 1996 to 1999 and mayor from 2000 to 2003.
Since 2004, he was the AFLAC agent for the city but turned those duties over to Steve Railton upon Hulsey’s then 4-0 confirmation by the City Council.
According to Hulsey’s application for the position, he attended Georgia State University’s journalism school from 1979 to 1980 and Floyd Junior College in Rome from 1981 to 1982, but did not graduate from either school.
The former Rockmart resident was on that city’s council from 1984 to 1991.
Hulsey has served as the vice chair of the Development Authority of Powder Springs and is the former chair of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s south Cobb council.
He and his wife, Kelly, have three children: Joseph, Evan and Lane.