City Manager John McDonough has been named to double duty as general manager of the city’s Public Facilities Authority. The authority, which has the exact same membership as the mayor and City Council, oversees the City Springs project, and the leases for City Hall and the police headquarters.

John McDonough

The general manager position is new, added to the bylaws on Sept. 20 at the same time McDonough was appointed. The general manager is allowed to act as the authority’s chief operating officer and execute contracts up to $250,000 without an authority vote. McDonough already has been doing similar tasks, so by naming him general manager, the authority is just formalizing the job and cutting down on special meetings for votes.

Under the bylaws, McDonough is not eligible for any pay as general manager because he is already a city employee. If someone else who is not a city employee is ever named general manager, they could be eligible for whatever pay the authority deems appropriate.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

One reply on “Sandy Springs city manager to head Public Facilities Authority”

  1. How can they give him another job when he is already overburdened with the task he has? Overburdened in that City Springs and contract negotiation are beyond his ability which was the reason for not rebidding City Contracts? Was a simple cost saving and inconvenience avoidance? Easy isn’t always the best path forward.

    Could we please see some basic journalism going forward?

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