By Tia Lynn Ivey
Long-time county manager, Michael Lamar, has resigned to take a city manager position across the country. Lamar will take over as the city manager for Prescott, Arizona later this fall. His last day as county manager will be October 6.
“It’s been a wonderful place to live and work and it’s going to be tough to leave here,” said Lamar. “But we will return to visit,” assured Lamar, who has family in the Lake Oconee area.
Although sad to go, Lamar believes his staff is more than capable of carrying on the work of running and caring for Morgan County.
“I feel confident that I am leaving this organization in good shape. There are really good people who care deeply about the place they live in and work.”
Throughout Lamar’s nearly 12-year tenure as county manager, he has helped shape Morgan County and facilitated its growth, development, and maintenance.
“We have seen a lot of capital project completed during my time here,” said Lamar. During Lamar’s career, the county has completed the renovation of the historic courthouse, the establishment of the new public safety complex, aquatic center, and library, and transforming the old creamery building into the county’s headquarters.
“We have improved this community’s resources and I know the county will continue to do that after I am gone,” said Lamar.
Michael Lamar will relocate to the scenic mountains of Arizona later this year. And his wife, Deanna Lamar, former employee of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and HeadStart in Morgan County, and daughter, Edie Lamar.
“My wife has family in New Mexico, so we will be a lot closer to them than we are now,” said Lamar. “And Prescott is an absolutely beautiful place.”
Lamar will run the city of 41,000 people, with nearly 500 city employees and will oversee a $167 million budget. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I am looking forward to it,” said Lamar.
The Morgan County Board of Commissioners will be on the hunt for a new county manager in coming months. But whomever they choose, one thing is for sure: the new county manager will have some big shoes to fill.