Peachtree City Council voted unanimously to name Community Services Director Jon Rorie as interim City Manager starting in June, as current City Manager Jim Pennington is set to retire.
Rorie has worked for the city for roughly four years, overseeing various public works operations. He is expected to take over the role of interim city manager while the city begins a search for a permanent replacement.
Meanwhile, the search for a new police chief has narrowed a pool of over a hundred candidates down to three:
-Archie Joseph Duvall, Marietta Police Department (Major)
-Jeffrey Lawrence Glazier, City of Atlanta Police Department (Major)
-Janet Lee Moon, Suwanee Police Department (Deputy Chief
The narrowed field of three will be interviewed by a panel including City Attorney Ted Meeker, Pastor George Dillard, Piedmont’s Director of Public Relations Debbie Britt, and LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar.
Pennington said he would also be observing the interviews. He said panel members were chosen to represent different aspects of the Peachtree City community.
Stan Pye has served as interim police chief since the January 1 shooting incident that led then-Chief William McCollom to be placed on paid leave pending an investigation. McCollom resigned after District Attorney presented a charge of misdemeanor reckless conduct for a grand jury.
Pennington announced in April that he would retire from the position he had held roughly four years.
Pennington came to Peachtree City in March of 2011 with 32 years of experience as a professional city manager in several municipalities around the southeastern United States, including Hartsville, South Carolina, Lauderhill, Florida, Paducah, Kentucky, and Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Pennington and his wife, Dee, who teaches at Fayetteville Elementary School, plan to relocate to South Carolina after the end of the school year to be near Pennington’s daughter and her family.