2017-02-17 / News

Forest Acres City Administrator to retire at the end of the year

By Cathy Cobbs

The city of Forest Acres will, at year’s end, lose an invaluable member of its team— City Administrator Mark Williams.

Williams revealed at the council meeting that he will be retiring at the end of the year after 37 years of government service, the last 13 with Forest Acres.

“ This city council has been wonderful to me, and that’s not the reason I am retiring,” Williams said after the meeting. “The daily grind just wears you down, and I think it’s time for a change.”

Williams said he and his wife are planning to move to their Georgia vacation home, where he hopes to catch up on some fishing and gardening he hadn’t had time to do while serving as city administrator.

The Forest Acres City Council complimented Williams profusely for his hard work and dedication and discussed the procedure by which his replacement would be found. The city will begin soliciting applications for the position in September, with Frank Brunson and Curtis Rye Jr. narrowing down the applicants to five. The interview process will then begin, according to Williams.

In other news, the council deferred action on a request for yearly hospitality tax funded budget by the Forest Acres Restaurant and Merchant Association. Representative Jack Oliver told the council that FARMA’s 501-c-3 status had accidentally not been renewed, and the group was working to restore it as soon as possible.

The council also discussed the different ways FARMA had planned to spend the funds and wanted to rethink some of the events that were funded by the hospitality tax. The proposal will be brought up at a later meeting, according to Williams. The council also: • Approved a request to fill a communications specialist position for the police department using surplus funds;

• Approved a construction change order of $9,260 at Pinetree Park to provide ADA access, additional mulch and other alterations to make the park more accessible. The project’s original budget was $79,129, according to Williams

• Heard the recycling event at Crayton Middle School was a huge success with 336 cars dropping off materials.

The council adjourned shortly before 7 p.m. In attendance at the meeting were Brunson, Shell Suber, Curtis Rye, Beau Powell, and Ginger Dukes.

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