With the hiring process still underway, Mayor Gary McCullough jokingly looked at the spot where recently retired Bill Lewis once sat and asked for a monthly report.
“OK. We don’t have a city manager, so we don’t have any comments from him,” he said. “That’s the least he’s ever said.”
A replacement is apparently on the way though.
After a series of closed-door interviews the council has narrowed it down to one finalist.
“We started with 70 applicants,” said McCullough.
Though the deal is not finalized, Ron Thomas of Hoschton is that final candidate.
City procedures dictate that a hiring can’t take place right away though.
“We have to wait 14 days,” said McCullough.
Normally, this would give the city the chance to announce the top three candidates and allow for feedback from the public.
However, two of the top three reportedly didn’t work out.
“There was only one of them that made sense for Dahlonega,” said City Attorney Doug Parks. ”
“They’d like to go ahead and go forward because they don’t have a city manager right now. But we can’t.”
If all goes according to plan, Thomas will be officially hired at a special session next Wednesday at 11 a.m.
An open records request of his resume shows that Thomas has an extensive background in utility management. He would also bring a reported 20 years of municipal and financial experience to the City Manager seat, since Thomas served as the senior financial consultant for Jacobs Engineering and the general manager of Harlingen Waterworks System in Harlingen, Texas.
“It’s obviously an honor to be considered for this position,” he told The Nugget Monday afternoon. “Certainly I’m very interested.”