Originally Published: October 8, 2016 5:59 a.m.
PRESCOTT – New Prescott City Manager Michael Lamar’s first day on the job is set for Monday, Oct. 10, and the City of Prescott is inviting the public to a welcoming ceremony for him that day.
The event, set for 3 to 5 p.m. Monday in the Founder’s Room of the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St., will feature opening remarks by Mayor Harry Oberg, as well as the official swearing-in of Lamar and an informal meet-and-greet session, according to a news release from the city.
“We encourage people to come by and meet their new city manager,” Oberg said. “It’s a great opportunity to meet Michael and his family and see why we’re so excited to have him in Prescott.
“He is the right man, at the right place, at the right time. He is dedicated to service improvement and community outreach, and has a track record of balancing growth and development with quality of life.”
Lamar has more than 16 years of professional government experience as the top appointed official. He has served as County Manager in Morgan County, Georgia, for the past 11 years, preceded by six years as the city manager of Trenton, Florida.
He is credentialed by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), holds a master’s degree in public administration, and a bachelor’s degree in political science.
“While we greet Michael with great enthusiasm, we can hardly overlook the contribution made by outgoing City Manager Craig McConnell,” Oberg added. “Unless you have sat in the city manager’s chair there is no way to know the quantity, and complexity, of work that crosses the desk. We cannot thank Craig enough for his unwavering service.”
McConnell announced his resignation from the job this past May, and agreed to stay on as city manager through the recruitment and transition of the new manager.
After a nationwide search, the city narrowed the field of applicants down to top four finalists. The City Council conducted interviews in August, before choosing Lamar on Aug. 22.