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Statham appoints Martin as city administrator, approves new police chief

POSTED: July 16, 2014 1:00 p.m.
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Steve Martin, formerly the city police chief, was given the new role of city administrator at Tuesday's meeting.

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Statham Mayor Robert Bridges on Tuesday appointed current Chief of Police Steve Martin to fill the new position of city administrator, with current Assistant Chief of Police Allan Johnston to step up as Chief.

These appointments, at the city council meeting, follow discussion in budget workshops several weeks ago for fiscal year 2015, which began July 1, for the addition of a city administrator position, with what at that time council members projected might be a $60,000 base salary.

Bridges said it will probably take about three months to "get everything working," and Martin agreed, but said he will probably begin the transition to the job as early as this Friday.

"I had told them I would be interested in the position, but I wasn’t expecting this tonight," Martin said Tuesday.

Martin also said that Johnston may be sworn in as the new Chief of Police today.

Bridges said that Martin and Johnston’s combined knowledge of the city will help them with their new positions.

"I hope it takes some of the load off me, because I've definitely spent too much time lately as mayor," said Bridges, whose position as mayor is intended to be part time. "There's so much that can be worked on that we haven't been able to accomplish, and I think maybe this might help."

Martin said his experience with the city will aid him in fulfilling the role of city administrator and will save some of the training time the city might have had to invest in someone new to the area.

He also expressed full confidence in Johnston’s abilities to perform the duties of Chief of Police, saying that Johnston has worked with numerous other police departments, including being the previous Chief of Police of Winterville.

"He’s an all-around great guy," Martin added.

Councilman David Huth said he "looks forward to" the men transitioning to their new roles, and Councilwoman Betty Lyle laughingly added that, as city administrator, Martin would "have to pull weeds in the flower beds, too."



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