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Resignation leaves city clerk job vacant in Flowery Branch

Interim clerk to be appointed at Thursday's council meeting

POSTED: January 15, 2014 11:50 p.m.

Flowery Branch accepted its city clerk’s resignation Jan. 9 and intends to appoint an interim clerk during tonight’s City Council meeting.

City Manager Bill Andrew acknowledged Marja Burney’s departure by email Tuesday but provided no further comment. Mayor Mike Miller said the council would appoint a current office clerk, Vickie Short, to fill the position in the interim.

Burney could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

“Per our charter, we need someone in that position to take minutes and record votes during our meetings,” Miller said.

As to whether the city was considering other candidates, Miller said, “At this point, there are several options that the council can consider and (we) will have those discussions (today) during executive session.”

Prior to her tenure with Flowery Branch, Burney, 40, served a seven-year stint in Lilburn in Gwinnett County, working positions including assistant city clerk and accounting manager in the finance department.

Flowery Branch City Council voted in May 2011 to hire Burney, who was to be paid $45,000; total compensation noted in the 2014 budget is just under $58,000.

The city clerk’s office has many duties, including utility billing, overseeing elections and handling property taxes, alcohol licenses and building permits.

Burney, a Huntsville, Ala., native, grew up in Marietta and earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology at LaGrange College. Burney went on to earn her master’s degree in public administration from Kennesaw State College in 1997.

Miller said Burney gave no reason for her resignation.

“We wish Mrs. Burney well in her future endeavors and will be working to fill this opening on a permanent basis as soon as possible,” Miller said.


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