Clarkesville names Dickerson sole candidate for city manager

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The wait for a new city manager is nearly over. At the Clarkesville City Council regular monthly meeting Nov. 4, the council approved a recommendation to hire Keith Dickerson, who currently serves as the city administrator for the city of McDonough, as the sole candidate for Clarkesville City Manager.

Mayor Barrie Aycock made the announcement. Reading from a press release, she said the council unanimously chose Dickerson after going through a thorough review and interview process with him and several other “very qualified” candidates.

“Keith is the lone finalist being considered at this time,” Aycock read.

According to the release, Dickerson was employed with the city of McDonough for the past 15 years. He served as wastewater plant manager and public works director prior to assuming the position of city administrator in 2015. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture.

“The city council has been extremely busy the last couple of months with budget preparation and other year-end tasks that are normally performed by the city manager,” Aycock told The Northeast Georgian last week, Oct. 30. “We have learned a lot, and, in the process, I believe we have become a stronger council. We are pleased with our choice for our next manager and will be excited to have a new person on our team around the first of next year.”

At the beginning of October, Aycock said the council was down to its top four candidates for the position after former City Manager Barbara Kesler resigned in August to spend more time with her family. Kesler served as city manager for 11 years.

Aycock said the council will take a final vote on their choice for city manager at their Nov. 19 work session, which Dickerson will attend and where he will be introduced.

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