100 people apply to be Decatur’s next city manager

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 10, 2018

Decatur City Hall.

The city of Decatur says it has 100 applications from people interested in being Decatur’s next city manager.

Current City Manager Peggy Merriss is retiring and her last day on the job will be Dec. 31.

The city says more than 40 of those applicants come from within the state of Georgia.

“The City’s consultant, Heidi Voorhees, from GovHRUSA is in the process of reviewing the credentials of the candidates and will meet with the City Commission once her report is completed,” the city says.

Decatur has had only two city managers in the last 45 years.

Here’s the full announcement from the city:

Consultant Provides Update on Decatur City Manager Search

The recruitment and selection process for Decatur’s next City Manager has yielded 100 applicants from 21 states and the District of Columbia.  More than 40 of the 100 candidates are from the state of Georgia. The City’s consultant, Heidi Voorhees, from GovHRUSA is in the process of reviewing the credentials of the candidates and will meet with the City Commission once her report is completed.  “At the start of this process we estimated that 40-50 candidates would apply based upon other recruitments our firm has conducted for similar positions.  This extraordinary response to the recruitment is a reflection of the City’s progressive approach to governance, its political stability and the overall high quality of life the City has to offer.”

Decatur’s City Manager, Peggy Merriss, is retiring at the end of the year after serving the City for 35 years, 25 as its City Manager.  The City has had only two City Managers in the last 45 years.

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