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Former Mayor Named Powder Springs City Manager

Brad Hulsey had already been serving in an interim role since February.

The Powder Springs City Council on Monday switched the role of Brad Hulsey—who served as the city's mayor for four years—from interim city manager to the long-term position.

"We interviewed many good candidates who were equally qualified with varying levels of education and experience," Councilman Chris Wizner wrote in a Local Voice column. "However, after much consideration and asking myself who would I feel most comfortable working with in the future as our city manager, I felt that Mr. Hulsey was the best all round candidate for the position."

Hulsey beat out roughly 50 initial applicants and two other finalists: Raymon Gibson, who most recently served as city administrator for the city of Stockbridge for a year; and Terry Todd, whose most recent job was the city manager for the city of Palmetto for four years.

The appointment—which comes with a $104,000 annual salary—was made on a 4-1 vote, with Councilwoman Nancy Hudson against, the Marietta Daily Journal reports. She declined to elaborate on her vote to the paper after the meeting. 

Hulsey was making $72,000 in the interim role, which he started after leaving his insurance business Brad A. Hulsey & Associates. His application says that at the business, as president and CEO over eight sales agents, he made $48,000 a year—meaning his salary has more than doubled in less than a year.

Wizner said the choice will likely be followed by criticism because of the job description's qualifications: "bachelor's degree in public administration or related field; master's degree in public administration preferred; eight years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal or county government, including five years in a senior management role; or equivalent combination of education and local government experience."

Hulsey has a high school diploma, took classes from Floyd Junior College and Georgia State University, and his government experience includes being a Rockmart councilman, Powder Springs councilman (1996-99) and mayor (2000-04), and the city's interim city manager since February. 

Gibson has a master's in business administration from Columbia Southern University, and his government experience includes Stockbridge's city administrator and assistant city manager, and Henry County Department of Planning & Zoning's director, assistant director, planner and chief planner.

Todd has a master's in business administration from the University of West Florida, and his government experience includes Palmetto's city manager; a program director for government service provider CH2M Hill; Fulton County's deputy county manager and public works director; and the director of the Growth Management Department, director of the Environmental Resources Management Department, and a Public Works Department engineer for Escambia County, Florida.

Wizner pointed to the job description phrase "equivalent combination of education and local government experience" and noted that "the ultimate authority on qualifications for city manager is the City Charter section 2.27 that states, 'The mayor and city council shall appoint a city manager for an indefinite term and shall fix his compensation. The manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications and shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor and council.'"

In his seven months as interim city manager, Hulsey "has done an oustanding job," Wizner wrote. That job has included, among other things, balancing the fiscal 2013 budget.

Meanwhile, Wizner said, "he took employee moral that was very low and turned it around. He has been active in the community and responsive to citizen’s concerns and issues. He has worked with the department heads to provide the best services for the city of Powder Springs."

The former city manager, Rick Eckert, resigned in mid-February after nearly two years with the city but received his full pay through the end of May as a consultant.

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James October 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Are you saying he was making more than 72 grand a year in his insurance business, or is the Patch saying he was making 48 grand from the city? If he was still recieving revenue from his insurance agency, which he would if he is president and CEO, how could he be taking a pay cut? And the new question is, "Is he still president and ceo and does his company still have the city contract?" None the less, I think he is the best choice even if that is what the Mayor wants. Maybe he will not be micro managed. Congratulations Brad?
Roz October 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
What a surprise to me that he was no longer my insurance agent... What a wonderful leader he will make for the City of Powder Springs. Best of luck, Brad!!!
Phil Hulsey October 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
There are some positions (especially in government) where "good old-fashioned common sense" is better than any college degree. I can attest to the fact that our parents raised my brother Brad and me to have an abundance of common sense! Brad will do an excellent job for the City of Powder Springs and its citizens.
Oldtimer October 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM
And these days honesty and integrity count for a lot, even more than book learning.
Jill Treadwell October 17, 2012 at 01:32 AM
What a well researched and educated decision, kudos Powder Springs. Great choice. Mr. Hulsey will be a great asset to the city.

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