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Treadway already proving leadership

Russell Treadway got the members of the Snellville City Council to agree on something Wednesday.

As he said upon the 5-0 vote of the board to name him the city's manager, "that's a good start."

Snellville's first city manager, Jeff Timler, resigned last year, citing squabbling among the council as reason for his departure. City officials named a temporary replacement, Jim Brooks. But council members and the mayor disagreed over whether to keep Brooks on the job.

Earlier this year, Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer said he would act as administrator, which led to an attorney general ruling that he could not act as manager and mayor. Mayor Pro Tem Warren Auld had asked for the attorney general's opinion.

Wednesday, upon naming Treadway manager, council members voiced their certainty that Treadway's the man for the job - the biggest of which could very well be getting the council members to play nice.

"It was good for the city," Auld said of the process, where all council members attended interviews with the top three candidates. "We had a number of qualified applicants and we chose the best."

Oberholtzer called Treadway a "consensus builder," and Councilman Tod Warner said he believes Treadway's personality will allow him to interact with the split council.

"His even temperament and his demeanor made him seem to be the candidate that would bring us the most together," Warner said.

We welcome Treadway to Gwinnett, more specifically Snellville, where everybody's somebody. And everybody ought to give him the chance to do his job.