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Applications coming in for Leesburg city manager post

LEESBURG, Ga. -- The consultant helping the city of Leesburg with its search for a city manager says he's received about 16 applications during the first two weeks since the ad was posted.

Tom Berry of Underwood & Co. has been employed by the city to help in finding the right candidate for its first city manager.

"This is a different situation in that the person hired will be structuring a new organization," Berry said. "It will take a unique person to insure that it is successful."

Berry said the job was posted at ww.glga.org, a job website which is a component of the Georgia Municipal Association.

According to the ad, the city is looking for someone who has 10 years of professional experience in city management. The ideal candidate would have a master's degree, with a major in public administration desired. The salary range is $50,000 to $80,000.

Berry said he expects the ad to remain posted for at least another couple of weeks.

"We'll probably have a discussion with the council as far as when we cut the ad off," said Berry, who is a former city manager in Thomasville.

"Then, we'll start evaluating," he said, "although we are kind of paring them down as we go."

Berry said the position would not be advertised further at other job sites if he and council members are satisfied with the pool of applicants.

Berry stressed that he will help pare the list down to as few as three viable candidates, but that the hiring decision rests with the City Council.

City Council members have been moving forward with hiring a city manager following a study done several months ago by the Georgia Municipal Association. The GMA study recommended the move.

The city manager would be the chief administrative officer answering directly to the City Council. The city manager would be responsible for Public Safety, Public Works, City Clerk/Finance and Administration.