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The Decaturish Podcast talks to Decatur’s City Manager about retirement, development and future plans

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The Decaturish Podcast talks to Decatur’s City Manager about retirement, development and future plans

Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss spoke to the Decaturish Podcast recently. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss spoke to the Decaturish Podcast this week. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Being a city manager can be a contentious and tenuous position to hold. The manager, who works for their bosses on city councils and commissions, is responsible for the day-to-day management of city government. But politics or a desire for a better job, or both, often means short stints for city and county managers. The International City County Management Association says as of 2000, the average tenure of a city manager was 6.9 years.

Peggy Merriss’ career as Decatur’s city manager stands out. She’s held her job for 25 years and has overseen the city’s growth from a small town just outside of Atlanta to a vibrant and affluent city.

Now Peggy has decided to pursue other things and will be retiring from her position effective Dec. 31. She agreed to chat with us today about why she’s leaving the job, her insights about the city and her future plans.

Music for this podcast was provided by the Bantam Breaks. The sponsor for this week’s episode is Charter Bank. To learn more about them, visit Charterbank.net.

Editor’s note: If you don’t have a smart phone, you can listen to the podcast in the player embedded at the end of this post. 

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