Avondale Estates hires new clerk and spokesperson, parks job still vacant

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 17, 2015
Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.

Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.

Avondale Estates has filled two of its top jobs, but one position hasn’t been filled for a year.

City Manager Clai Brown announced on Friday, July 17, that Gina Hill is Avondale’s new city clerk and Debbie Revzin is the city’s new communications manager.

Hill replaces Juliette Sims-Owens, who resigned as city clerk on May 4. She will begin her duties as City Clerk on Aug. 11.

“Gina was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tenn., outside of Nashville. She has called the Atlanta area home since graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1992,” Brown said in an email. “After starting as an intern at CNN, Gina rose to the rank of Producer in the Medical News Unit, overseeing all aspects of health coverage from conception to broadcast. Afterward, she served as Assistant Managing Editor for WebMD, the health information website.

“For the past 13 years, Gina and her photographer husband, Mark Hill, have lived on Dartmouth Avenue. During that time, Gina has continued working for WebMD as a freelance writer and editor while raising a son, Dodge, who is a rising fifth-grader at The Museum School of Avondale Estates. Gina’s love and knowledge of the community will be a great fit for City Hall.”

Revzin is replacing Kelly Brooks, who announced last month she is leaving the job because she is moving out of state.

“For the past two years, Debbie has been Director of Operations and Events for Avondale Estates’ Tudor Square, helping to attract and develop businesses,” Brown said. “Her organizational and people skills have helped her carry out successful events in conjunction with the City, as well as private events and fundraisers for nonprofit organizations.

“Debbie, who is experienced in social media and photography, has a degree in communications from Pennsylvania State University and an Event Planning Certification from Emory University. She will replace Kelly Brooks, who will be moving out of state in October. Until then, Debbie will work and train with Kelly.

“Debbie has also worked as a Technical Writer for Georgia Perimeter College and a Technical Administrative Consultant for the computer software company SAP America. She and her husband, David, former residents, live in the area.”

Avondale hasn’t had a parks director since June of last year, when Oscar Griffin was promoted to public works director.  The position is still listed as vacant on the city’s website.

Earlier this week, Decaturish asked Brown about the timeline for filling all three positions.

“I would like to have them filled as soon as possible,” Brown said.

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