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City manager’s “interim” title to be removed

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Griffeth named lone city manager finalist

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    Hank Griffeth

Mayor Mary Parham-Copelan recently announced that the search for a new city manager is being wrapped up, adding that the search had zeroed in on one candidate, albeit a familiar one.

“In accordance with Georgia law, I am identifying Mr. Hank Griffeth as mayor and council’s sole candidate for the position of city manager,” said Parham-Copelan during a recent meeting.

Griffeth, who’s been the “interim” city manager since last summer, is expected to be appointed to the job on a permanent basis on June 23. Retired from both Georgia College and Central Georgia Technical College, Griffeth held the title of city planner prior to being promoted to interim city manager.

During his time around City Hall, Griffeth has proven to be a good communicator, based largely on the fact that he’s extremely talkative. During the pandemic, for example, Griffeth has yet to meet a Zoom meeting that he couldn’t dominate. Despite his long-winded tendencies, Griffeth proved to be a peacemaker during the city’s negotiations with the county government on a new Service Delivery Strategy, which finally wrapped up last winter.

Previous City Manager Barry Jarrett abruptly announced that he was retiring last June. Jarrett began working for the city in 1988, and he served as water and sewer director for many years. During Jarrett’s tenure, the city remained in solid fiscal shape. Jarrett was also instrumental in imagining and developing the Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority, which has re-purposed the old Central State Hospital campus and brought a number of new jobs to town.