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City of Decatur appoints new city clerk, finance director

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City of Decatur appoints new city clerk, finance director

Meredith Roark. Photo provided by the city of Decatur
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Meredith Roark. Photo provided by the city of Decatur

There have been two big recent staffing changes at the city of Decatur.

Meredith Roark will move from her job as Budget & Performance Measurement Director to the role of City Clerk. She will handle city elections, records keeping and certifying documents.

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Russ Madison, currently serving as the city’s Revenue and Technology Director, will become the city’s Finance Director. He will be responsible for managing the revenue and accounting divisions of the city’s Administrative Services Department, but will still be “continuing his responsibilities with technology,” the city announced.

“I am glad that we have internal talent who are able to step-up and assist the organization in making a transition,” City Manager Peggy Merriss said in a press release. “I am confident that Russ and Meredith will do an excellent job.”

The city provided additional information about Madison and Roark:

Russ Madison has been with the City for 10 years and has an associate’s degree in intelligence operations from Cochise College, a bachelor of arts in political science from Emory University, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia. Meredith Roark has been with the City for 11 years and has a BBA in economics from the University of Georgia and an MS in public policy from Georgia Tech.

The city says it will soon hire someone to fill a new accountant position in the Finance Division of Administrative Services.

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