Dunwoody’s city manager candidate, Eric Linton, says he feels like he’s coming home because he graduated from Chamblee High School.
“I grew up just outside the Dunwoody city border and attended Chamblee High School, so I am very familiar with the area’s character, history and tradition,” Linton said. “It’s a homecoming for me in a way, and I’m looking forward to providing strategic and effective ideas to help the city succeed.”
Mayor Mike Davis said he and other members of the review committee, which also included two Dunwoody City Council members and select members of the community, chose Linton, county administrator in Douglas County, for his zoning and planning experience. A vote during the Dec. 8 City Council meeting will make the job official.
Linton was chosen from a group of five finalists, and the Nov. 24 announcement gives members of the Dunwoody community time to “do their due diligence” in vetting Linton for themselves, Davis said.
“The number one reason [for choosing Linton] in my mind is his extensive planning and zoning background,” Davis said. “We really felt planning and zoning is going to be an important thing for our city manager to be in control of over the next 10 years.”
Davis said Linton impressed the review committee with “his veteran skills in planning, zoning and development, as well as his experience with comprehensive planning.”
City Councilman Terry Nall called Linton “an outstanding choice” for the job. Nall said Linton is very personable and approachable.
“In addition to being familiar with our local area, Eric brings stellar credentials with broad government experience,” Nall said.
Linton follows former City Manager Warren Hutmacher, who left the Dunwoody job in April for the city manager’s post at Johns Creek.
Hutmacher was hired to start the city of Dunwoody more than five years ago and had been Dunwoody’s only full-time city manager. Police Chief Billy Grogan has served as acting city manager since Hutmacher’s departure.
“I am excited about the opportunity to serve the citizens of Dunwoody, and help implement development and infrastructure improvements in line with community-driven plans and goals,” Linton said.