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September 18, 2014
Dahlonega city manager resigns
by Wayne Knuckles
Sep 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city council voted unanimously Tuesday to accept the resignation of city manager Ron Thomas.

In a letter of resignation addressed to the council, Thomas stated, "I believe that it is in my best interest, and the best interest of my family, that I pursue other career opportunities."

Mayor Gary McCullough said efforts to find a new city manager will begin immediately.

Please see the next edition of The Nugget for the full story.
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City pinpoints new manager candidate
by Matt Aiken
Jan 16, 2013 | 3297 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The chair that once belonged to Dahlonega’s City Manager sat empty throughout last week’s regular meeting.

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.”
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