Cedar­town com­mis­sion ap­proves new po­si­tions

♦ Guz­man, Mad­den and Hol­lis all to get added re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Jami­son Guice Jami­[email protected]­ings.berry.edu Ed­i­tor Kevin Myrick con­trib­uted to this re­port.

The City of Cedar­town will see changes in lead­er­ship in the fu­ture such as mem­bers in their ranks get­ting new roles to fill.

Bill Fann re­quested for the pro­mo­tion of Ed­ward Guz­man, Aimee Mad­den and Hol­lis Jack­son dur­ing the June ses­sion of the City Com­mis­sion.

Guz­man will be­gin train­ing as the as­sis­tant city man­ager and Mad­den will be­gin train­ing as the as­sis­tant city clerk. This plan for the fu­ture will ideally set up a smooth suc­ces­sion plan when longterm mem­bers re­tire.

Fann said their pro­mo­tions went into ef­fect im­me­di­ately. As as­sis­tants, they would be able to learn the ropes of the trade and gain ex­pe­ri­ence for their upcoming roles on the job.

Not yet full-time, Guz­man and Mad­den will still re­tain their other du­ties as well. Mad­den, for ex­am­ple, will still re­tain her role as the city’s Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer.

“I am ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity to serve in this new po­si­tion with the City. Ex­cept for the years I spent study­ing at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, I have spent my en­tire life in Cedar­town, “Mad­den said. “I love my home­town, and I am hum­bled at be­ing of­fered the prospect of tak­ing my work in lo­cal gov­ern­ment to the next level.”

Guz­man felt much the same as he takes on new re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as well.

“I am grate­ful and hum­bled that our com­mis­sion­ers have put their trust in me to ful­fill this role,” he said.” “I am look­ing for­ward to serv­ing the res­i­dents of Cedar­town in this new ca­pac­ity.”

Both Guz­man and Mad­den will be­gin to at­tend train­ing ses­sions to grad­u­ally step into their roles. The du­ties that they will be­gin to learn will come as a slow tran­si­tion.

“They will change very slowly,” Fann said. “Just be­cause there’s not ex­tra peo­ple. But over the next six to 12 months, they will be switch­ing gears and Aimee will be learn­ing what Carol Craw­ford, the city clerk does now.”

While Mad­den at­tends city clerk cer­ti­fi­ca­tion train­ing, Guz­man will be more ex­posed to the life of a city man­ager. Fann said he will bring him to more of the meet­ings that were not pre­vi­ously avail­able be­fore.

Fann, not wor­ried about time, said that both Guz­man and Mad­den are both re­li­able, depend­able, re­spon­si­ble and very in­volved in the com­mu­nity. He said they are the fu­ture of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and so they should be given th­ese re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Along with ex­cit­ing pro­mo­tions, Fann in­tro­duced a new po­si­tion. The po­si­tion gives Hol­lis Jack­son more re­spon­si­bil­ity. Pre­vi­ously, Jack­son main­tained the main­te­nance re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for One Door Polk.

Fann said this is not some­thing he does often. While this is a rare oc­cur­rence to the city com­mis­sion­ers, Fann shows faith in ev­ery­one he has pro­moted.

“I want him to have main­te­nance re­spon­si­bil­ity for more than just One Door Polk,” Fann said. “He has so much more ex­pe­ri­ence than other we have on staff, and I want to uti­lize it and give him more re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Now, Jack­son’s new po­si­tion will cover the main­te­nance of mul­ti­ple fa­cil­i­ties, pri­mar­ily build­ings.

/ Kevin Myrick

A new role is in store for the city’s Hol­lis Jack­son (left,) who is be­ing pro­moted to a justap­proved po­si­tion of Fa­cil­i­ties Man­ager for build­ings owned by the City of Cedar­town. He’ll still work hand in hand with Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Kelvin Gar­mon...

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