Woodstock’s City Manager
What is your main responsibility?
I manage the day-to-day operations of the city of Woodstock. My other duties are the implementation of the ordinances and policies approved by the City Council, as well as developing and managing the budget.
Describe a typical day on the job.
There is not a typical day on the job, which is what I like about it the most. Every day presents its own challenges.
What is your background?
My background is economic development and local government management. I have been with the city of Woodstock since April 2008. I worked for three other cities prior to Woodstock: Daleville, Alabama; Riverdale, Georgia; and Orange Beach, Alabama.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Daleville, which is right outside the gates of Fort Rucker and about 20 miles from Dothan, Alabama. Growing up, I could be in Panama City, Florida, in just over an hour, which always was nice.
What do you like most about your job?
I love working for a vibrant community and dealing with the challenges that growth creates. Woodstock is a special place, and a great place to call home.
Describe a memorable work experience.
Probably, the most memorable work experience was getting to spend time with then-President George W. Bush in Orange Beach after Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Dealing with a presidential visit after your community has been severely damaged by a major hurricane was interesting, especially when you hadn’t slept for the previous 72 hours.
What projects are you excited about?
I’m excited about the interchange projects on Interstate 575 at Towne Lake Parkway and Ridgewalk Parkway. They will make some improvements that have been needed for a while. The other projects I really look forward to are the developments of Little River Park and City Center.
What goals do you have?
My only goal is to work in a community where I can make a difference in people’s lives.
How do you spend your free time?
My wife and I have been married for 32 years and have three children. We are adjusting to being empty nesters, since our son went to Troy University this fall. We have a daughter in Kennesaw and one in Dunwoody. We have a dog, four cats, a turtle that is 15 years old and a fire-bellied toad. Besides family and pets, keeping up with college football and the Atlanta Braves are important to me.