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Flowery Branch city manager resigns. What's next for the South Hall city?
Flowery Branch  City Manager Bill Andrew
Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew - photo by Jeff Gill

Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew resigned Wednesday, May 12, from his post of 15 years.

A two-paragraph letter dated Tuesday, May 11, from Andrew says only that he was resigning from his post. No reason is given.

“I certainly appreciate the opportunities I have been given here,” he said in the letter obtained by The Times. “I wish you much success in the future.”

A one-paragraph press release from the city Wednesday afternoon said that the Flowery Branch City Council had accepted Andrew’s resignation effective Wednesday and that City Clerk Vickie Short had been named interim city manager.

“We are grateful for the service and professionalism which Mr. Andrew brought to the role and for his dedicated service to the residents and businesses of Flowery Branch,” Mayor Mike Miller said in the release. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Andrew couldn’t be reached for comment.

Miller, speaking later to The Times, reiterated that no reason was given for Andrew’s departure, only that his resignation “was offered and accepted.”

Following a conversation that happened on Tuesday, “I contacted the council (members) individually and everybody was fine with accepting it,” the mayor said.

Andrew and council members seemed civil at public meetings, although the city’s rapid growth over the past couple of years has drawn a lot of attention — and in some cases criticism directed at city officials, especially on social media.

Asked about the suddenness of Andrew’s departure, Miller said, “What I told the staff today is there is no playbook for this. We’ll deal with it, get through it and make the best of it.”

He said, “We’ve worked with staff to contact as many stakeholders as possible to ensure the continuation of all city projects and city functions, and the day-to-day operations will be handled by staff. We have full confidence in their ability.”

As far as Andrew’s replacement, “I’m sure we’ll engage the services of one of the search firms to help us identify candidates to fill that vacancy.”

The city can’t dawdle in the process, as Flowery Branch is seeing widespread development , including hundreds of homes being built or proposed for construction around the city.

“But our first priority is to make sure that no balls get dropped in the interim,” Miller said.