Oakwood has a new city manager.
City planner B.R. White has been named Stan Brown’s successor, effective March 1.
In a called meeting late Thursday, Jan. 30, City Council confirmed Mayor Lamar Scroggs’ appointment of White to the post.
Brown announced earlier this month he was retiring effective Feb. 28, leaving the South Hall city after 16 years.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity and challenge, and I really love Oakwood and working here in the community,” White said of his interest in the job. “And we have a good team here, and I like team players.”
White, 56, an Athens native, has been the city’s community development director since November 2017.
He began his local government work with the city of Winder while in college, and has worked full-time in local government since 1987, holding various positions in Barrow County, Jackson County and Oconee County governments, according to the Oakwood website.
One of his biggest tasks ahead will be filling his current job, especially as the South Hall city is busy adding homes and businesses.
“I’m used to fast growth,” White said. “I experienced it in Barrow, Jackson and Oconee.”
Brown said Friday that he was “very excited” to see White succeed him.
“I think his experience with the city, his knowledge of our vision and the projects we’re involved with will be a great asset to city,” he said. “It will keep stability and sustainability of what we have been working on.”