The final three candidates are former Powder Springs Mayor Brad Hulsey, who has served as the west Cobb community’s interim city manager since February; former Stockbridge City Administrator Raymon Gibson; and former Palmetto City Manager Terry Todd. Mayor Pat Vaughn said two other candidates were initially among the finalists, but they dropped out to take other jobs.
“It’s been a good process,” Vaughn said. “We’ve narrowed it down to three very good candidates.”
Vaughn said the city is still checking the candidate’s backgrounds, calling references and making sure their education and professional experience listed in their resumes are accurate. She hopes to have the process complete in time for this month’s regular meeting.
Along with his recent experience as interim city manager, Hulsey touts his time as mayor and his leadership of Brad A. Hulsey & Associates Inc., where he managed a team of eight insurance sales agents.
“What separates the truly successful from the rest is a higher level of contribution toward the organization’s most important goals,” Hulsey wrote in his application. “Are you looking for a City Manager who can motivate a team to implement plans that not only meet but exceed growth and financial goals? If so, I am the person who can deliver these contributions, and I would be honored to be considered as a candidate for City Manager of Powder Springs.”
Hulsey wrote that he worked toward a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Georgia State University from 1979 to 1980 and an associate degree at Floyd Junior College in Rome from 1981 to 1982, but did not graduate from either school.
In his resume, Gibson wrote that he was city administrator in Stockbridge from May 2011 to May 2012 and assistant city manager there from January 2010 to May 2011. He also worked with the Henry County Department of Planning and Zoning from 2002 to 2010, working his way up to director.
Gibson wrote that he has a 1996 degree in urban studies from McMaster University and a 1997 degree from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, which, like McMaster, is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In May 2012, he received a Master’s of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala.
Gibson wrote that he had to take over the day-to-day operations of the city of Stockbridge when City Manager Ted Strickland died in March 2010. He references a legal battle that resulted in his position with the city being eliminated.
“My two and a half years with the city of Stockbridge, to say the least, were very confrontational,” Gibson wrote. “The experience however, was second to none as I had to step up my leadership skills to keep the employees as positive as possible and to ensure that the day to day operations of the city were being completed effectively and efficiently.”
Todd wrote that he was able to lead the city of Palmetto during the worst of the economic downturn from 2008 to 2012. In 2007 and 2008, he served as program director for CH2M Hill, a consulting firm that worked on establishing municipal services in the newly created city of Chattahoochee Hills. That was the same firm that former Powder Springs City Manager Rick Eckert came from. He resigned Feb. 9 after serving less than two years.
Todd also has experience as Fulton County’s deputy county manager from 2000 to 2007. He wrote that he served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1986. Todd, who claims being a MENSA member among his honors, received two degrees from the University of Texas, a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering in 1972 and a master’s in civil engineering in 1978. He also earned an MBA from the University of West Florida in 1982.
“I have a unique set of skills, knowledge and background with which to serve the citizens of Powder Springs,” Todd wrote.