Council approves first reading of city charter amendments


THOMASVILLE — Thomasville City Council took the first step Monday to amend the city charter to reflect a new chain of command.

The charter amendment approved by council on first reading would have the utilities superintendent report to the city manager. A second — and final — reading of the ordinance will be considered by council at a Dec. 10 meeting.

"It makes it clear in the charter that the utilities superintendent is under the supervision and control of the city manager," Tim Sanders, city attorney, told council members.

Sanders said that after second reading of the ordinance and completion of legal advertising of the proposed amendment, required affidavits will be sent to the Georgia secretary of state office where changes will be recorded.

A second amendment expressly allows council to enter a contract with a city manager. The action allows council to enter a contract with Alan Carson, who is scheduled to become city manager in early January.

"It's fairly common in the state of Georgia," Sanders said.

The amendment, which is limited to the city manager, does not allow the city manager to appoint himself or herself utilities superintendent and provides for termination conditions.

Sanders said the amendment does not change the city's form of government. To do so would require Georgia Legislature approval, the city attorney added.

Thomasville has not had a city manager since Jan. 1. Steve Sykes, former city manager/utilities superintendent, left city government Dec. 31, 2017.

Tom Berry, Sykes' predecessor, also served in both capacities.

The city does not have a utilities superintendent.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820