Bob Jones, Cartersville’s assistant superintendent, replaces Jim Stafford who recently retired.
“Bob has been assistant director since 2010,” City Manager Sam Grove said. “He was the distribution and collection system office manager before that. He has a bachelor’s in environmental health science and several certifications. He is a well-qualified individual and he is my recommendation for this position.”
The council approved Jones’ nomination unanimously.
Jones thanked the council, assuring them that they would get his best every day.
“I look forward to a long and prosperous career here,” Jones said. “Hopefully we can work together in a partnership and I look forward to it. Let’s go to work.”
The meeting opened with City Clerk Connie Keeling administering the oath of office to the mayor and council and Municipal Court Judge Harry White and Assistant Municipal Court Judge Jay Choate.
In other business, the council:
• approved a recommendation to reappoint Tommy Strickland, Walter Malone and Sonny Miller to new eight-year terms on the development authority
• approved a recommendation to reappoint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members Bryant Thomas, Cathy Hays, Tommy Hall and Howard Smith
• approved a special use application allowing James Forte to operate a pawn shop at 617 N. Tennessee St. with a condition that there be no outdoor storage
• amended several sections of the city’s zoning ordinance
• amended the city’s swimming pool and spa code to bring it in line with international codes
• amended the Cartersville Pension Plan
• approved an agreement with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) that provides two ICE agents to work directly with city police officers
• approved a $9,000 expenditure for asphalt to repair a faulty railroad crossing
The Cartersville City Council will meet next on Thursday, Jan., 16 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.