Snellville police chief working for free as city manager

SNELLVILLE -- Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead finally got a contract for his secondary role as interim city manager Monday, but he won't be padding his bank account -- he's filling in for free.

The City Council voted Monday to approve the contract for Whitehead, who is wearing two hats while Snellville looks for a permanent city manager. His "term" is tentatively scheduled to run through July 9, by which point the city hopes to have a replacement, City Attorney Tony Powell said.

There will be no bonus.

"He's really serving selflessly," Powell said.

A contract for Whitehead's service as city manager has been a point of contention between Mayor Kelly Kautz and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts, the former saying one wasn't needed and the latter pushing to put something on the books. Kautz contended in the past that Witts' insistence was driven by distrust.

"I think the concern of some people on council is that if I don't nominate (another) city manager, then the chief will stay interim forever," Kautz said in April.

Kautz said Monday the council, which is using a search firm to find a permanent city manager, could begin interviewing candidates as early as next week. While the goal is to make a choice before Whitehead's new contract runs out, Powell said amendments could be made if the interview process takes longer than planned.

Russell Treadway resigned from the city manager position in February to take a position in Tennessee.

Other news from Monday's meeting:

-- The council unanimously passed a resolution officially dubbing this weekend "Aimee's Weekend" in honor of South Gwinnett High School grad Aimee Copeland, whose battle with a rare flesh-eating bacteria has garnered national headlines and prayers.

A series of concerts will be held on the Snellville Towne Green on Friday and Saturday, beginning with Loganville native and former "The Voice" contestant Jordan Rager. Events -- including blood drives -- will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The resolution said Copeland and her family "have, by their actions in an otherwise disparaging circumstance, inspired an entire nation."

-- The council announced a special called meeting for Monday at 7 p.m. The meeting will be a public hearing on the city's budget for the fiscal year 2013.

-- The regular council meeting scheduled for June 25 has been cancelled due to the annual conference of the Georgia Municipal Association.


teelee 3 years, 4 months ago

We need more men and women like him in the government.


Susan 3 years, 4 months ago

Romney did not take a paycheck while serving as governor or as head of the Olympics.


kevin 3 years, 3 months ago

If he is working free as the manager, than we are paying him for police chief when he isn't doing that job. He can't do both in 8 hrs. Do they think we are stupid?


Danielle 3 years, 3 months ago

The same idiot mayor who wants to pass an illegal law to ban guns is the one who made the chief of police the interim manager. I have heard that he is really great but like kevin says he cant do both jobs at the same time.


ssilover1 3 years, 3 months ago

Snellville is so dysfunctional.


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