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Roswell Appoints New City Administrator

Gary Palmer The City of Roswell Mayor and Council appointed Gary Palmer, Farragut, Tennessee’s Assistant Town Manager, as Roswell’s new City Administrator at the Oct. 10 Special Called City Council meeting.

Palmer has 25 years of local government experience, serving as an assistant town manager, interim town manager, community development director, planner, GIS analyst and police officer. He also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1992, and active reserves from 1994 to 2000.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from the University of Toledo. He also holds a certification as a Senior Executive in State and Local Government from Harvard University, and certification as Senior Executive from the University of Virginia.

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood said the City has gone through a thorough process in its search for a new City Administrator and has found an excellent leader to oversee the City’s day-to-day operations. “Gary Palmer will bring a lot of experience and enthusiasm to the job,” Wood said. “There is going to be a transition period for the City next year with a new mayor and new council members, and I believe he is up for that challenge.”

Palmer said he is honored and excited to be the finalist for Roswell’s City Administrator position. “An opportunity like this does not come along too often. I’m looking forward to working with a team of highly professional department directors and staff and a Mayor and Council who are dedicated to maintaining the health of the organization and the community they serve.”

As Roswell’s City Administrator, Palmer will serve as its chief operating officer, managing a $146 million budget, more than 30 departments, divisions and offices, and 600 full-time employees. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of the City, and implement policies established by Mayor and Council to provide services to the citizens of Roswell in the most effective, efficient, and economical manner.
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