Cave Spring, Georgia officially has a new City Manager. The Cave Spring City Council has voted to hire Nick McLemore for the job. He’ll start July 31st, according to Cave Spring Mayor Rob Ware.
McLemore said that he is excited, and nervous at the same time, and he said: “…our city has been put out there as the best in the state and we want to make it the best city in the southeast – and continue to build on what our city council, our residents, and all the volunteers have been doing over the past several decades.”
McLemore was born in Floyd County – and also grew up in Cave Spring. He started his career in public safety straight out of high school working as a police officer for 10 years, and a firefighter for some 20 years. He also taught for a brief time as an adjunct professor in college before moving into the private sector.
He worked for several years as Director of Business Operations with Deaton Fleet Solutions. He has also owned and operated a family business for more than 15 years – and has served on the Cave Spring City Council.
Most recently, he was Cave Spring’s sole representative on the Citizens SPLOST Advisory Committee, whose job it was to come up with a list of projects to be included in their special purpose, local option sales tax referendum coming up November 7th.
One of the projects that McLemore will oversee as city manager is a large water and sewer project in Cave Spring.
And, according to McLemore – one of his main priorities as city manager is to build a great team.
“I think that Mayor Ware and the council have done great with that,” he said. “We have a few hurdles to clear – with getting our staffing back up to the levels where we can develop it, and then move forward with that plan.” According to the job description the city manager will be responsible for administration of city government – including personnel, budgets, purchasing, grants, and pensions.
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