Mayor Kasim Reed has announced Michael J. Geisler will act as Interim Chief Operating Officer effective Jan. 31 upon the departure of current COO Duriya Farooqui.

Geisler currently serves as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer for the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, a position he assumed in November 2012 after a national search conducted by the COO’s office.

Farooqui is leaving the City of Atlanta on January 31, to take a senior-level position with a leading global private-sector consultancy and is managing the succession.

Kristin Wilson and Tom Weyandt are also being appointed to two additional Deputy Chief Operating Officer positions. Deputy Chief Operating Officer Hans Utz remains in his capacity.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.