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Saturday December 4th, 2021 5:52AM

Flowery Branch names sole finalist for City Manager's position

By Marc Eggers Anchor / Reporter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The sole finalist for the position of Flowery Branch City Manager has been determined.

According to city by-laws the sole finalist is announced and then a fourteen day waiting period follows, after which the sole finalist may be approved for the position by a vote of the city council.

At Thursday evening’s city council meeting Mayor Mike Miller read the announcement.  “Our sole finalist will be Ms. Tonya Parrish.  She is currently the City Manager at Waycross, Georgia.”

“She’s been there since February, 2019,” Miller said.  “Prior to that she was the Director of Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer for Glynn County (2013-2019); prior to that she was in Unalaska, Alaska (2007-2013), as Finance Director.”

“We engaged Mercer Group to help with the search,” Miller explained.  “We had a large pool to select from; we did quite a few interviews; everybody on council spent time speaking with (them) and studying their backgrounds.”

“I believe we had just over forty applicants,” City Attorney Ron Bennett interjected.

According to information from the City of Flowery Branch, Parrish is a Certified Public Accountant, and attended and graduated from Georgia Southern University before earning her MBA at Ashford University.

If all proceeds on schedule Parrish will have a start date of December 20, 2021.  On May 12, 2021, former City Manager Bill Andrew resigned his position after serving the city for fifteen years.  Since that time City Clerk Vickie Short has taken on the duties of Interim City Manager.

TWO REZONING REQUESTS APPROVED

Final approval was given to a pair of rezoning requests Thursday evening by the Flowery Branch City Council

In the first vote South Hall, LLC’s, rezoning request was approved unanimously, allowing for the construction of a townhouse complex along Church Street  and adjacent to the central business district.

The second application was also approved unanimously.  Keystone Development Services, LLC, received rezoning approval for a 0.6-acre tract along Mulberry Street for the purpose of constructing an office building that will house Keystone’s business operation center.

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