Former Gainesviille City Manager Bryan Shuler has died after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer, according to the Moultrie Observer.
Shuler, who was serving as Colquitt County administrator, died Friday at his home in Moultrie in South Georgia. He was 55.
He had served in Colquitt since February 2009.
Previously, Shuler worked for Gainesville for 11 years, first as director of development services, then as assistant city manager and finally city manager.
“Bryan was very instrumental in moving Gainesville forward the time he was here,” Mayor Danny Dunagan said Sunday.
“It was really sad to hear about his passing. I always thought of him as a friend. He was a good co-worker and always did a good job for the city of Gainesville. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Shuler left in November 2008 under allegations of sexual harassment.
Later, officials found no evidence that he violated city policy, and City Council voted to give Shuler 11 weeks of severance pay.
The Charleston, S.C., native won the Georgia City/County Management Association’s Pillars of Excellence Award in October, according to his obituary.
Shuler also received the Georgia Municipal Association’s Trendsetter Award.
Survivors include his parents, his wife of 30 years, one son and one daughter.
A memorial service is set for today in Moultrie.