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Ken Turner, who held top positions in Avondale, announces retirement following promotion

Avondale Estates

Ken Turner, who held top positions in Avondale, announces retirement following promotion

Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.

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Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.

Ken Turner, who was recently promoted to deputy city manager, announced his retirement over the weekend.

Turner, who previously served as the city’s finance director and interim city manager, said he decided to retire “after careful consideration and thought.”

“During my years with the city I have always felt that Avondale Estates was blessed with staff and elected officials who really cared about people and the city we live in,” Turner said in a press release. “I have had the privilege to meet so many citizens and employees who I now consider my friends. I will miss everyone and the daily interactions that have made my time here so wonderful.”

Turner started working for the city in 2008. His last day with the city will be Dec. 10. The press release says he will be spending more time at home with his family and friends in Cartersville, Ga.

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As deputy city manager, Turner guided the city through a tumultuous period following the drama surrounding previous city manager Clai Brown’s resignation.

He’s originally from Chattanooga and holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee. He spent seven years in the military and previously lived in Fort Collins, Colo.

“He moved to Cartersville about 15 years ago, along with his family that includes his wife, four children and four grandchildren,” the press release says. “In addition, he serves on the finance committee of his church, Sam Jones United Methodist, and is chairman of the board of Cartersville’s Battered Women’s Shelter. From a personal standpoint, Turner says his four children’s faith and service are among his proudest accomplishments.”

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Turner added, “I am extremely proud of my four children who are all Christian people and are serving God in their own ways.”

City Manager Patrick Bryant, who had recently promoted Turner, said he will be missed.

“Avondale Estates has benefitted enormously during the past decade from Ken’s outstanding leadership and financial expertise,” Bryant said in the press release. “I know I speak for the Board of Mayor and Commissioners and city staff in thanking him for his exemplary public service and in wishing him all the best as he moves to this next phase of his life as a retiree.”

The city recently posted the job for the finance director and deputy city manager position. To see the listing, click here.

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