City of Thomasville in search of new city manager

Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 9, 2018

THOMASVILLE Ga. (WCTV) -- For the first time in more than 30 years, Thomasville is reviewing applicants for city manager.

"We employ probably about 450 employees, so the city manager has a great responsibility," said councilmember Terry Scott.

A responsibility that was held by Steve Sykes until a month ago. Sykes was taking home more than $180,000 a year. Council members offered him a severance package in exchange for his resignation.

“It was time for him to resign and move on to better things,” said Scott.

Mayor Gregg Hobbs called a special meeting Tuesday to figure out the city's next move. The emergency meeting is set for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

"I think it’s important to have a qualified person in that position. It goes without saying," said Nicholas Sorensen, a local resident.

"Transparency and a great record that is solid, is something everyone should look for in that person," continued Sorensen.

Kha McDonald has been named interim city manager.

We have reached out to Steve Sykes for comment and are awaiting word back.

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