Powder Springs Councilwoman Nancy Hudson questioned Wednesday where Councilman Chris Wizner had received information about the search for a new city manager before her.
She said her concerns arose after reading Wizner’s comment on former Councilman Tom Bevirt’s .
During the council member comment portion near the end of Wednesday’s work session, Hudson said she felt like it’s a “slap in the face when he posts information on there that I haven’t been made aware of. … I was just wondering how he gets his information.”
Wizner said he had called Mayor Pat Vaughn and the two began discussing Bevirt’s column. The conversation was “nothing formal,” he said.
In his comment, Wizner wrote that the city is starting the search for a new city manager, that the job will be advertised soon, six weeks will be allotted for receiving applications and starting interviews, and that the hiring date is expected to be July 1, among other things.
Hudson asked how Wizner knew when the deadline was, with Wizner saying he came up with the date on his own because it coincided with the start of the new budget.
Councilman Al Thurman showed concerns about Wizner’s comments seeming like they came from the council as a whole.
“We read stuff that we had not heard before that he was stating in print—something that we were not even familiar with,” Thurman said. “If you’re generalizing what the council is saying, that’s not true.”
Wizner said he “didn’t intend it to sound that way.”
The former city manager, Rick Eckert, after nearly two years with the city and was allowed .
Former Mayor Brad Hulsey .
Vaughn said the job opening is “getting ready to be posted now.”
“We said we wanted to get a finance director first and get that part settled down, and that’s where we are,” she said, adding that it will take about six weeks from the time the job is posted to when someone is hired.
Amy Davis, who had 19 years of experience in government accounting, .
Talk of the city manager search again rose discussions of how the selection process will be carried out.
Bevirt had comprised of city managers from other cities to narrow the search down. Thurman said he supported this, noting the city did something similar in .
Vaughn said some applicants will still be eliminated by the city’s human resources department based on qualifications.
City Clerk Dawn Davis suggested mailing the information to other cities in case they had assistant city managers looking to move up.
The position will be posted on the city's website and through the Georgia Municipal Association.