At its regular meeting this past Tuesday night, the Chattahoochee City Council swore in a new police chief and approved the hiring of a new city manager.
The Council voted 4-0 to hire former Gadsden County Administrator and current Greensboro (FL) town manager Rober Presnell as the city’s new manager. Council member Ann Williams was absent Tuesday.
Presnell replaces longtime city manager Lee Garner, who was ousted earlier this year from the city’s top job by a 3-2 vote of the newly elected council.
Presnell, 57, brings many years of municipal management experience to the city. He was Gadsden County Administrator for 19 years and currently serves as town manager of Greensboro, a role he has held for just four months.
“The opportunity presented itself to me, and I took it,” Presnell said following the meeting.
Presnell will start the new job December 1 on a two-year contract and $85,000 annual salary.
Familiar face to sit at police chief’s desk
A new Chattahoochee police chief was also sworn in Tuesday night – Frederick O’Brien, a 30-year veteran with the Chattahoochee force. O’Brien replaces former Chief Vann Pullen, who recently retired.
Council clears way for FEMA housing
Council members voted 4-0 to temporarily suspend housing occupancy regulations to allow up to 50 persons to be moved into FEMA trailers. Chattahoochee’s acting City Manager T.J. Carlisle reported to Mayor Christopher Moultry and a packed meeting room that Michael destroyed 20 homes in Chattahoochee and “partially destroyed” another 130. The variance allows the FEMA housing trailers to be located in the city for six months.