I’m pleased that, in their final meeting of the year, the previous mayor and council selected Chuck Atkinson (who has been on our police force since 1994, and has been acting as interim police chief since the Summer) as the city’s interim city manager.
Chief Atkinson is exceptionally qualified for this role. Not only has he served the city for the last 25 years, but he also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University and manages the largest department in the city. While in the role, he will be paid only one salary – that of an entry level city manager.
Being in a position to have to hire an interim city manager is never ideal, but I think that Chief Atkinson’s education and experience with the city will serve us well as we look for our next city manager.
Please join me in congratulating Interim City Manager Atkinson!