When I ran for office as mayor, one of my key themes was bringing about a change in management at City Hall. I believed the city needed new leadership in how it handles its financing, infrastructure, traffic and development.
This past week, the City Commission hired a new city manager to oversee our day-to-day operations. Please welcome Chris Lagerbloom. Chris is a dedicated administrator who brings extensive experience to his new role. He has been an assistant city manager here for three years and previously served as city manager in a suburb of Atlanta.
While some wanted a national search for a new city manager, time was of the essence. We have major structural issues with our budget that must be addressed quickly. The work upgrading our underground infrastructure must be expedited. We need to make promised changes to the city’s planning process. None of this can wait for a prolonged search process.
Chris is well respected by all of the commissioners and can hit the ground running because he is already familiar with our operations and knows the commissioners’ individual concerns. I’m confident that Chris is going to work hard to address the city’s needs.
He officially starts in the new role on Jan. 1.