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Interim Gainesville city manager approved by council
Fire department staffing, probation services also taken up at meeting
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The Gainesville City Council on Thursday morning formally approved the interim city manager to replace outgoing Kip Padgett.

Melody Marlowe, Gainesville’s chief financial officer, will fill the position on July 3.

Padgett announced, on May 19, his intention to leave for the town manager position in
Wake Forest, N.C.

Council members moved two items to the consent agenda regarding additional staffing for the fire department and the contract for Municipal Court probation services.

Gainesville Fire Department’s request is similar to one filed last year, which allowed the department to add three additional people above the budgeted positions for the department.

“Just due to attrition and people leaving and failing out of EMT school ... we got the approval to go three over,” Gainesville Deputy Fire Chief Scott Stowers said.

Since the agreement, two people are no longer with the department.

“The reason why we want to stay fully staffed is so we can give the most qualified personnel for the city and stay fully staffed so all trucks are completely manned,” Stowers said.

The council also looked at signing a new contract with Sentinel Offender Services, Gainesville’s current probation services.

The contract mentions the passage of HB 310 in 2015, which created an oversight committee for offenders on parole and probation known as the Department of Community Supervision along with other reforms.

Sentinel was also involved in a Georgia Supreme Court case decided on Nov. 24, where the court ruled that state courts can contract private probation companies.

The next mayor and council meeting is Tuesday at the Gainesville Municipal Court, 701 Queen City Parkway.