SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – As Savannah searches for a new city manager, a man who knows the job well has agreed to take over duties.
During Thursday’s city council meeting, Mayor Van Johnson announced Michael Brown, former city manager, has been picked to serve the interim role.
This comes after Pat Monahan, currently filling in as city manager, announced his resignation.
“Continuity is key as we seek to maintain the steady leadership Pat Monahan has provided our organization for the last 18 months,” Johnson said. “Michael Brown knows this job and held it for a long time, he is uniquely qualified to fill Pat’s shoes as we seek the right fit for a permanent city manager.”
Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter said she’s disappointed the City doesn’t have a permanent city manager, but the council trusts Brown will do a good job, just as he did before in the Hostess City.
“We want someone who is going to come and help heal this staff and prepare them for yet another leader and I’m confident that you can do that,” Gibson-Carter said.
Mayor Johnson said this decision is too important not to get it right and with the help from Brown he says they know he’ll give a high level of commitment.
“I do want to thank each of you for the consideration. I’m a little bit frightened but these are frightening times,” Brown said. “One of the things I did do was always try to find a way to go through each district and each neighborhood and I stand ready to do that even in the next couple of weeks.”
He resigned in 2010 after 15 years to spend more time with his family and has remained engaged with the City since.
Brown will take office on Nov. 2, with his contract renewing every 90 days until the position is filled.
Council members are expected to formally vote on his appointment on Thursday, Oct. 22.