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Posted on: July 10, 2023

City of Lawrenceville Announces Reorganization to Enhance Efficiency and Community Engagement

Graphic highlighting 4 new positions with the City

The City of Lawrenceville is proud to announce a comprehensive reorganization effective July 1, 2023, aimed at improving operational efficiency, fostering stronger community relationships, and promoting strategic visioning. The reorganization involves the expansion of the Executive Management Team, the creation of new positions, and the appointment of talented individuals to key leadership roles.

Three new positions have been added to the Executive Management Team, led by City Manager Chuck Warbington, to address the city's growing needs. Barry Mock, formerly Assistant City Manager and Public Works Director, will assume the newly created Assistant City Manager, Community Development role. Jim Wright, the City Engineer, has been appointed the Public Works Director, while the City actively seeks a new City Engineer. Michael Fischer joins the team, bringing a wealth of experience as the Assistant City Manager, Operations, having served in leadership for the City of Roswell. John Mullin, Chief of Police, was appointed in December 2022 and will now join the Executive Management Team. They will work alongside Melissa Hardegree, the Chief Communications Officer, and Keith Lee, the Chief Financial Officer, in leading the City's efforts.

City Manager Chuck Warbington expressed his enthusiasm for the reorganization, stating, "This strategic reorganization is a pivotal step in our ongoing efforts to enhance the City of Lawrenceville. By expanding our Executive Management Team and refining our organizational structure, we are poised to deliver greater efficiency, accountability, and community engagement. I am confident these changes will positively impact our residents, businesses, and stakeholders."

To prioritize strong business connections, efficient operations, responsibility, and active community involvement, the City has established the Community Development Division under the leadership of Barry Mock. This division incorporates Planning & Development, Code Enforcement, and City Events, ensuring a synchronized approach to these vital aspects. Additionally, Jasmine Billings will serve as the City’s Economic & Community Development Director, transitioning from her previous role as the Community Development Manager. Jasmine will serve as the primary point of contact for existing businesses and provide concierge services to support new business ventures in the City. This initiative aligns with the City's dedication to nurturing a flourishing business community and driving economic growth.

Additionally, Keith Lee, Chief Financial Officer, will now report directly to the City Manager, accompanied by an Assistant Director of Finance. Purchasing will now fall under the Division of Finance, contributing to more streamlined and efficient operations.

In summary, as part of the Fiscal Year 2024 budget, the City Council has approved the creation of fourteen new positions. These include Assistant City Manager - Community Development, Director of Economic & Community Development, Social Media Specialist - Communications, Deputy Court Clerk, AMI Specialist - Electric Department, Police - Sergeant, Police - Bike Patrol Officers (2), Community Engagement Officer (part-time), IT - Senior Systems Analyst, Sanitation - Recycle Driver, Sanitation - Refuse Collector (2), and Street Maintenance Worker. These positions reflect the City's commitment to ensuring efficient service delivery and meeting the community’s evolving needs.

The City of Lawrenceville remains dedicated to transparency, accountability, and the provision of excellent services to its residents. With an effective reorganization date of July 1, the City is confident in its ability to thrive and continue its trajectory as a dynamic community and county seat of Gwinnett.

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