City of Hiram officials could name tonight the person they intend to offer the position of city manager—a move that would bring the months-long process of establishing the position of city manager very close to its end.
City leaders earlier this month announced the names of six finalists for the job—Karen Degges, Raymon Gibson, Richard D. Hampton, Jack E. Miller, Angela D. Montgomery and Robert T. Rokovitz. One of them could receive the Hiram city council’s approval during a called meeting set for tonight at 6.
Tonight’s meeting will see the council enter closed session to discuss personnel issues. According to the meeting’s agenda, that personnel business includes discussing the hiring of the “Executive Head of an agency”—the city manager—and the appointment of public officers.
Once councilmen return from the closed session, they could vote to consider making a hire for the city manager job.
A hire would be the conclusion of the city’s six-month journey toward getting a city manager. In February, the council approved a measure to amend the city charter to allow for the addition of a city manager to the payroll. The amendment to the city charter then was required to be submitted as a piece of legislation before state lawmakers—it went before the Georgia General Assembly and received its approval, and Gov. Nathan Deal signed the piece of legislation soon thereafter.
Billy Beckett began serving as interim city manager in June and is scheduled to remain in the position through this month.
Other business set for tonight’s meeting includes a possible vote on a contract for the position of indigent public defender for the city’s municipal court.
The complete meeting agenda is attached to this article.
Return to Dallas-Hiram Patch for coverage of tonight’s meeting.
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