Powder Springs Narrows City Manager Search to 3

Raymon Gibson of McDonough, Terry Todd of Palmetto, and Powder Springs interim City Manager Brad Hulsey were selected from a field of about 50 applicants.

The city of Powder Springs has been without a city manager since Rick Eckert resigned in February, but now, officials are one step closer to filling the position.

They've narrowed the field of about 50 original applicants to three: Raymon Gibson of McDonough, Terry Todd of Palmetto and Brad Hulsey, a former Powder Springs mayor who has been serving as interim city manager since being appointed shortly after Eckert resigned.

Mayor Pat Vaughn said there isn't a meet-and-greet planned with the finalists, like the one held for the police chief candidates in 2011. There also isn't a timetable for when city officials will make the final selection, she said.

"I am not sure of the exact date when a final decision will be made," she told Patch via email. "We are still in the process of doing background and reference checks. We need all of the information before a final decision can be made."

Below are brief profiles on the finalists. You can see their full applications in the attached PDFs.

Raymon Gibson

Work History

  • City Administrator, City of Stockbridge (May 2011-May 2012)
  • Assistant City Manager, City of Stockbridge (January 2010-May 2011)
  • Director, Henry County Department of Planning & Zoning (June 2005-January 2010)
  • Assistant Director, Henry County Department of Planning & Zoning (February 2004-June 2005)
  • Chief Planner, Henry County Department of Planning & Zoning (October 2003-February 2004)
  • Planner II, Henry County Department of Planning & Zoning (January 2002-October 2003)
  • Planner, Weston Consulting Group in Ontario, Canada (July 2001-July 2002)
  • Site Acquisition Specialist, Network Development Consultants in North Reading, Massachusetts (April 2001-June 2001)
  • Associate Planner, North Georgia Regional Development Center in Dalton, Georgia
  • Regional Planner, Northeastern Vermont Development Association in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (September 1999-March 2000)
  • Planning Technician, Town of Bracebridge Development Services in Ontario, Canada (July 1999-September 1999)
  • Junior Planner, Metropolitan Planning and Engineering in Ontario, Canada (November 1998-July 1999)
  • Junior Planner, Millington & Associates in Ontario Canada (October 1997-November 1998)


  • Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School, High School Diploma
  • McMaster University, Bachelor's Degree in Urban Studies with Honors
  • Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, Diploma in Municipal Planning and Development
  • Columbia Southern University, Master's in Business Administration

Brad Hulsey

Work History

  • Interim City Manager, City of Powder Springs (February 2012-Present)
  • Mayor, City of Powder Springs (2000-2004)
  • City Councilman, City of Powder Springs (1996-1999)
  • City Councilman, City of Rockmart (1984-1991)
  • President and CEO, Brad A. Hulsey & Associates in Powder Springs (1996-2012)
  • Vice President of Sales and Marketing, J.L. Lester & Son (1984-1996)


  • Rockmart High School, College Preparatory Diploma
  • Georgia State University, Worked Toward Bachelor's in Journalism
  • Floyd Junior College, Worked Toward Associates Degree in Business Administration

Terry Todd

Work History

  • City Manager, City of Palmetto (2008-2012)
  • Program Director, CH2M Hill in Atlanta (2007-2008)
  • Deputy County Manager, Fulton County (2000-2007)
  • Public Works Director, Fulton County (1998-2000)
  • Director of Growth Management Department, Director of Environmental Resources Management Department, and Public Works Department Engineer; Escambia County, Florida (1993-1997)
  • Vice President of Operations and Technology, ATC in Irving, Texas (1992-1993)
  • Director of Information Services and Telecommunications, Brinks Home Security in Dallas, Texas (1988-1992)
  • Group/Branch Manager, Arinc Research Corporation in Annapolis, Maryland (1986-1988)
  • U.S. Army (1965-1986)


  • Atwater High School, High School Diploma
  • University of Texas, Aerospace Engineering with Honors
  • University of Texas, Civil Engineering
  • University of West Florida, Master's of Business Administration

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longtime resident October 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I notice Brad Hulsey is the only one without a college degree in any area of study. Wasn't this a requirement for consideration of the position? Perhaps it has been changed, since I last read the requirements. Were they changed? It seems as though the other 2 men have excellent experience and were interested enough in this field to increase their base of knowledge by a committment to attaining Master's degrees. They stand out as quite impressive individuals.
Chris Wizner October 06, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Dear Longtime Resident, On review of your posts on the Patch you seem very pessimistic and unhappy in Powder Springs. I’m sure your Representative will vote for the best overall candidate for City Manager. Education is important, but so are work ethic, fiscal responsibility, leadership skills, honesty and good old common sense. Just because someone looks good on paper doesn’t guarantee they will make a good City Manager. We all learn from our own past experiences. Only a fool would not list a favorable reference on his or her application. Now that the finalist names are public investigate them on your own, in this age of the internet it’s amazing what is out there.
Tea Man October 07, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Pessimism comes from having government & elected officials saying one thing and doing another time and again. If you have a prerequisite, you should stick to it, otherwise it appears you are selecting who you want, not who is qualified & the perception is "same ole, same ole", Pat gets her cronie pick again.
Tea Man October 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Whoever gets selected, it should be someone who insists on acting like a City Manager and no a rubber stamp for the Mayor as the City Charter stipulates.
longtime resident October 08, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Oh my. Let me just say I am surprised by the rude tone of this response. I am a happy PS resident, who has lived here longer than you have; if I was as unhappy as you suggest, I would move. That remark was silly and unnecessary AND attacking a poster is childish.
Chris Wizner October 08, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I did not intend this to sound rude, but only stating a point of view after reviewing your past posts. The rest of the response was only stating information. As history has shown, finding a City Manager who fits well with the City has been difficult. All the current three candidates have strengths and weaknesses; we just have to decide who the best fit is for the City. No matter whom we choose, some citizens will complain, those using pens names and choosing to remain anonymous probably louder than others, but doing what is right for the City now and into the future is my top priority.
Chris Wizner October 08, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I assure you I will pick the best person for the job. Some may not like my choice, but I and the other council members have to work with the person we choose.
longtime resident October 16, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Surprise!! Another rubber stamper!! Hooray!


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