For­mer mayor, oth­ers show sup­port of White

The Covington News - - NEWS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

The St. Pa­trick’s Day hol­i­day didn’t keep peo­ple from at­tend­ing a called meet­ing in So­cial Cir­cle Tues­day, as city hall’s com­mu­nity room was filled with con­cerned cit­i­zens.

Their con­cern was of the re­cent dis­missal of City Manager Doug White. The city coun­cil voted to dis­miss the 13-year city manager, on Feb. 23, af­ter tabling his reap­point­ment de­ci­sion from Jan­uary.

White’s last day was to be March 31, un­til a con­tin­gent of sup­port­ers, head­lined by for­mer So­cial Cir­cle Mayor Jim Burgess came be­fore the coun­cil Tues­day.

“Mayor and mem­bers of the City Coun­cil, I re­spect­fully re­quest that you re­con­sider and re­verse your ac­tion to ter­mi­nate the em­ploy­ment of Mr. Doug White, our City Manager, at the end of this month,” Burgess told the coun­cil.

He then listed six rea­sons why White should re­main in his po­tion.

Among those rea­sons were his nearly 20 years of ser­vice in So­cial Cir­cle, as city manager un­der may­ors Frank Sher­rill, Burgess and Hal Dally, along with his ten­ure in other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ence man­ag­ing cities with their own elec­tric and gas sys­tems.

Burgess then listed White’s fi­nan­cial pru­dence and his high char­ac­ter.

“He is a per­son of great per­sonal in­tegrity and is highly re­spected by his em­ploy­ees,” Burgess said. “He has built a strong and pro­fes­sional man­age­ment team that pro­vides ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery of mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices.”

White has helped plan and carry out the truck by-pass, a new fire sta­tion, ex­pan­sion of city’s wa­ter and sewer sys­tem and down­town mas­ter plan, Burgess said.

“Of great con­cern to me with the loss of Doug White at this time could be po­ten­tial eco­nomic dam­age caused by the re­luc­tance of po­ten­tial industrial or com­mer­cial projects to lo­cate here if there is tur­moil in our city.”

The city coun­cil moved to ex­tend White’s time as city manager an­other 30 days.

White’s time at So­cial Cir­cle hasn’t gone un­no­ticed by other cities ei­ther, as the Amer­i­cus Times Recorder re­ported ear­lier this week that he is one of two fi­nal­ists for the city manager po­si­tion in Amer­i­cus, along with for­mer Ken­ne­saw City Manager L. Steve Kennedy.

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