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City sets qualifications for manager
Begins advertising to fill new position
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The Dawsonville City Council has released the qualifications they want to see of applicants wishing to serve as the city's new manager and head of administrative government functions.

Last week, the city began advertising for city manager, following last month's 4-0 vote to create the position as allowed by its charter.

According to the employment ad, applicants should possess a bachelor's degree in courses related to local government or extensive government experience, along with supervisory and management know-how.

Good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are also required, as is thorough knowledge of state statutes and codes, federal guidelines and protocols and local ordinances related to municipalities.

Duties, according to the city's online job bank, show the manager as a liaison between the mayor and city council, city employees and citizens, who will manage daily operations of nine employees, oversee financial management and purchasing of a current $4.1 million budget, represent the city in intergovernmental relations that promote tourism and growth, assist with planning and zoning activities and oversee major projects.

The pay, commiserate with experience, will range from $60,000 to 90,000, the council determined during its Sept. 14 meeting.

Mayor James Grogan said hiring a manager would free him up to concentrate on "bigger" city projects.

"With the ever changing climate of the business in Dawsonville and the need to try to get ahead of the game, I feel like we need to hire a city manager to help with the day-to-day activities," he said last month. "It's been increasingly harder to maintain all the projects that we have planned for the future."

The position is being advertised across the state through the Georgia Municipal Association, ACCG, an organization for county government, and the Georgia Mountain Regional Commission.

"I've also reached out to GMRC, Danny Lewis, and he has posted it with all the city and county managers. They're going to work with me on what they recommend, or what they have as far as job description, so we can see what's out there...since that has to be created," said City Clerk Bonnie Warne.

Resumes will be accepted until Oct. 30, while the position will be held open until filled.