12/03/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2019 17:39
Andrea Surratt, who currently serves as City Manager for Bozeman, Montana, has been chosen to fill the Manager's role for the City of Sandy Springs. During its December 3, 2019 meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council approved the contract confirming Surratt as City Manager.
'We conducted a true national search to find the best possible City Manager for Sandy Springs,' said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. 'We had a wealth of great candidates express interest, and we are delighted someone of Andrea's skills, talent, and experience has agreed to assume this key leadership role for the city.'
Surratt's municipal experience spans more than 28 years. A native of North Carolina, Surratt served as Planning and Development Manager for the City of Wilmington and Town Manager for Wrightsville Beach. Surratt was Assistant City Manager for the City of Hickory, N.C. for ten years, also serving as Interim City Manager before her selection as City Manager for Bozeman.
In her current role with the City of Bozeman, Surratt oversees a $118.8 million annual budget and staff of 427 employees. This past year under Surratt's leadership, Bozeman completed its Strategic Plan Implementation, including programs for Affordable Housing, a Public Safety Center, Community Outreach Plan, and Land Use and Planning Initiatives.
'I am honored to serve the City of Sandy Springs as City Manager during this exciting time. Cities are strengthened by meaningful community discussions about growth, neighborhood preservation, revitalization, and inclusive community identity. I look forward to working with the Sandy Springs City Council, citizens, and staff to shape this young city, originally envisioned by Eva Galambos, into an uncommon and timeless community,' added Surratt.
Surratt is an ICMA credentialed manager with a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Guilford College. Surratt and her husband, Robert, are parents to two college-age children.
The City of Sandy Springs began its search for a new City Manager in August, after the resignation of John McDonough, the City's first City Manager. The City utilized an executive search firm to conduct a national search to find a highly engaged leader who is results-oriented, focused on staff development, community engagement, and can show successful completion of projects managed by the city. Sandy Springs leaders also expressed an interest in targeting cities and communities, identified as Best Places to Live, and those communities with highly successful government and significant growth or significant projects underway. The search was preceded by listening sessions with city leaders, select staff, and community members. Surratt will assume her new role in early 2020. She will earn a base salary of $222,000 per year.