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Hogansville City Manager reflects on review

Hogansville City Manager David Milliron received high marks from most of the city council in his recent job performance review.  

The evaluation includes multiple categories graded one to five by each council member, with five being best. All the scores were averaged for a total of 4.25.

Milliron received between a 4.6 and 3.2 rating from four of the five council members. The lone exception was Councilwoman Theresa Strickland, who gave Milliron a 2.6 overall score. 

“Overall, the scores are reflective,” Milliron said. “Obviously, it is difficult to please everybody, but I think as a whole I think the city council is very comfortable with me as a city manager and the overall averages reflect that.” 

Milliron said he wasn’t surprised that he received some low scores.

“I would say that one council member’s scores did not surprise me and weighted down my overall averages,” Milliron said. “But when you know all of that balances out with the averages, I am happy with the evaluations.” 

Milliron said his evaluation was supposed to come from the council directly. However, Strickland motioned for the mayor to conduct and present the evaluation alone at Hogansville’s July 15 meeting and the motion passed 3-2.

Mayor Bill Stankiewicz then delivered Milliron’s review. The LaGrange Daily News received it through an open records request. 

Milliron said the constructive criticism on things he did well and not so well will help guide him going forward in the future. 

“Sometimes when you are doing so many projects that sometimes you have to slow down and make sure that we have checked every box,” Milliron said. “On occasion, we have had to make revisions or last-minute changes and that is not fair to the council but that is one area we will certainly focus on.”

Milliron said he is already setting goals to prepare for the council after election season passes this fall. 

“We are in a political climate and I respect the role of the council and what they have to do,” Milliron said. “I think the goal the first of the year would be to come together, do a council retreat and hopefully come up with a vision or mission statement for the city. That is very critical…Those are things that are critical to the longevity and success of the community.” 

Milliron said the city is taking a team approach and really making progress over the last few years. 

“This is a great city,” Milliron said. “There is a renaissance going on, the city is growing, it is expanding and when you reflect back on the accomplishments of the past year there is nothing to shake a stick at.”