By Amy Wenk

Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos has appointed Michael Casey as city clerk.

“We are delighted to have such a good candidate,” said Galambos, who made the announcement at the City Council meeting June 16.

Casey had served as interim city clerk since January after Christina Rowland left the position in the fall, but he began working with Sandy Springs as an employee of CH2M Hill when the city incorporated Dec. 1, 2005.

“It looked like a good opportunity for me to be a part of a new and exciting start with a new city,” said Casey, who first served as the city’s record manager.

Now as the official city clerk, Casey is a city employee and no longer part of the CH2M Hill staff.

His primary function is to be the official record keeper for Sandy Springs government. His duties range from recording minutes of council meetings to maintaining contracts, ordinances, resolutions and agreements.

The city clerk also oversees the production of the Code of Ordinances; serves as the absentee ballot clerk during local elections; and ensures open-records requests adhere to state guidelines.

Casey said he enjoys “the scope of the job, because you are involved in a lot of different activities with different departments.”

“By being involved with the council meetings and the ordinances and the resolutions, I get a sense of what is going on in the community,” he said. “I like the variety and the excitement.”

An Ohio native who moved to Atlanta around 1993, Casey has worked in municipal government for 13 years.

Before Sandy Springs, he spent more than eight years with the city of Roswell, managing records in the Community Development Department.

“In another life,” Casey was an industrial engineer who specialized in automotive wiring systems. He received his engineering degree from the General Motors Institute, now called Kettering University, in Flint, Mich.

When he made the switch to government work, Casey received municipal clerk certification from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.

Casey and his wife, Karen, live in Woodstock.