“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.