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Maybe hiring? Flowery Branch government weighs staff increases as it continues to grow
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Flowery Branch is planning to add new staff including police and an events/public relations coordinator as the South Hall city grows. - photo by Scott Rogers

Flowery Branch’s population isn’t all that’s growing in the South Hall city. The city government’s payroll may also be on the rise.

City department heads pitched personnel needs at the Flowery Branch City Council meeting Thursday, Feb. 4.

Filling all the positions could mean about $939,393 more in salaries. By comparison, the city’s current $5.1 million general fund budget contains some $2.5 million in “personal services and employee benefits.”

“This is kind of what we would be asking for to have an ideal staffing here,” City Manager Bill Andrew said in an earlier interview. “We don’t anticipate getting all that, necessarily.”

Mayor Mike Miller asked Andrew at the meeting to prioritize staffing needs “as the council is trying to put the puzzle together. Which pieces are the most important, I guess.”

Flowery Branch has grown far faster than city staffing.

Andrew said that when he started as city manager in 2006, the city had 37 employees and now it has 41 or 42, a jump of about 10%. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that Flowery Branch’s population, meanwhile, jumped from 5,096 in 2010 to an estimated 2019 population of 7,497, or by nearly 50%. Officials talked at the meeting about a population today of about 10,000.

More Flowery Branch staff?

Here’s a look at potentially new positions and their annual salaries:

  • Events and information coordinator: $54,233

  • Planner/planning technician: $50,000

  • Downtown manager: $60,000

  • Code enforcement/soil and erosion inspector: $60,000

  • Two employees in finance department: $100,943

  • Two workers in water/sewer department: $87,440

  • Four employees in public works department: $120,724

  • Four new police officers, training officer and investigator: $406,053

The city’s first move could be hiring an events and information coordinator with a pay range of $52,374 to $72,823 but with staff recommending $54,233.

That person, who could possibly be hired before this fiscal year ends June 30, would be responsible for coordinating city events and public programs, as well as working as a spokesperson for the city.

Looking beyond this fiscal year, Flowery Branch is considering new positions in the police, finance, public works and planning departments. 

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New housing is built Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Villages At East Main in Flowery Branch. The South Hall city continues to grow and is now looking to add new staff including police and an events/public relations coordinator. - photo by Scott Rogers

“This is kind of what we would be asking for to have an ideal staffing here,” City Manager Bill Andrew said in an earlier interview. “We don’t anticipate getting all that, necessarily.”

Mayor Mike Miller asked Andrew at the meeting to prioritize staffing needs “as the council is trying to put the puzzle together. Which pieces are the most important, I guess.”

Flowery Branch has grown far faster than city staffing.

Andrew said that when he started as city manager in 2006, the city had 37 employees and now it has 41 or 42, a jump of about 10%. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that Flowery Branch’s population, meanwhile, jumped from 5,096 in 2010 to an estimated 2019 population of 7,497, or by nearly 50%. Officials talked at the meeting about a population today of about 10,000.

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Construction of the new apartments and retail space in downtown Flowery Branch reflects the growth that is happening. Due to the city's growth, Flowery Branch is looking to add new staff including police and an events/public relations coordinator. - photo by Scott Rogers
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New housing is built Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Villages At East Main in Flowery Branch. The South Hall city continues to grow and is now looking to add new staff including police and an events/public relations coordinator. - photo by Scott Rogers
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