City Departments and Staff

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Approximately 370 professionals work on the City's behalf in the areas of municipal services, operations and public safety. Below is a list of departments, a brief overview of what they do, and key contacts.  To reach any department via phone, please call our 24/7 Call Center at 770.730.5600.

City Management

The City Manager is responsible for the oversight and management of the day-to-day city operations.

 Andrea Surratt, City Manager

Dave Wells, Deputy City Manager

Kristin Smith, Assistant City Manager

Jim Tolbert, Assistant City Manager

City Clerk's Office 

The City Clerk is the official record keeper for the City, including recording and maintaining the council's official actions in minutes, coordinating and distributing the agenda, maintaining contracts, ordinances, resolutions and agreements and coordinating the records management and retention program for the City. 

Contact: Raquel Gonzalez, City Clerk

Arts Center

The Arts Center operates the Sandy Springs Performing Arts and Sandy Springs Conference Center. 
Contact:   Shaun Albrechtson, Executive Director

Communication and Media

The Communications Department serves as the liaison with the community, coordinating public affairs, public relations, marketing, and media relations.
Contact: Sharon Kraun, Communications Director

Community Development

The Community Development department is responsible for city planning (zoning, building code development), permitting services, construction review, and enforcement of municipal codes.

Contact: Ginger Sottile, Community Development Director

Community Development: Building and Development Division

The Building and Development Division oversees plans review, permitting and enforcement of City building, development and environmental codes and ordinances. The division ensures compliance with local and state laws through a comprehensive inspections program based on the technical expertise of staff, combined with active community involvement.
Contact: Jesus Davila, Manager of Building and Land Development

Community Development: Planning and Zoning Division

Planning and Zoning is responsible for the development and implementation of rules and regulations found in the City’s Development Code and Comprehensive Plan related to the development of property.

Community Development: Code Enforcement

Code enforcement addresses a wide range of issues that affect the environment, our health and safety, property values and general well-being.  The objective of Code Enforcement is to obtain voluntary compliance.  
Contact: Yvonne Smith, Code Enforcement Manager

Economic Development

The Economic Development office is the caregiver of our business community, working hard to attract new business and to retain existing business within the City.

Contact: Andrea Worthy, Economic Development Director


The Facilities Department is charged with taking care of the maintenance and security of city-owned facilities.  

Contact:   Ron Durmire, Facilities Manager


The Finance Department provides the fiduciary oversight and support in managing the fiscal activities of the City, including preparation of the City's budget, annual audit, payroll and payments to City vendors.

Contact:  Toni Carlisle - Interim Finance Director

Finance: Revenue Division – Taxes and Licenses

The Revenue Division of the Finance Department assists business owners obtain and renew their mandatory Business Occupational Tax Certificate, also known as a Business License. There may additional requirements for businesses who sell alcohol, rent accommodations and vehicles. This department facilitates these other licenses/fees.

Finance: Purchasing Division

The Purchasing Office assists with the acquisition of all products and services from outside commercial organizations and vendors.  Primarily, the focus is formal solicitations for construction, professional services, and the review all contracts to be signed by Sandy Springs.
Contact:  Charise Glass, Purchasing Manager

Fire Department

The mission of the City of Sandy Springs Fire Department is to provide the highest level of fire and emergency services to our citizens and visitors with highly trained, caring personnel. Striving  to provide excellent customer service in response, education, prevention and professional services, we abide by the motto: outstanding service by outstanding people.

Contact: Keith Sanders, Fire Chief
Melinda Carter, Executive Administrative Assistant

Human Resources

The Human Resources department oversees employment opportunities within City Hall and manages HR duties for Public Safety personnel and City staff. As part of the Public-Private-Partnership, recruiting for general city services are conducted by private companies with human resources for those staff members managed by their respective companies.

Contact: Nelson Saldana,  Interim Human Resources Director & Risk Management

Information Services

The IT Department handles the City's internal technology systems and protocols.

Contact: Jonathan Crowe, Director

Municipal Court

Sandy Springs Municipal Court considers the fair and timely adjudication of cases among its top priorities. Paramount is a customer-driven, service-oriented atmosphere in which victims, defendants and all other customers are treated with the utmost respect and concern, by a highly trained, efficient staff. 

Contact: Cheston Roney, Court Administrator


The Sandy Springs Police Department is charged with the safety and security of residents and visitors to the City. Operations are coordinated from two districts; north and south. Each district is commanded by district captains and is comprised of four patrol zones.

Contact: Ken DeSimone, Police Chief
Kim Davis, Executive Administrative Assistant

Public Works

The Public Works Department protects, preserves and maintains the City's infrastructure. Of particular focus are: transportation including pavement care and traffic control, stormwater and sidewalks.  
Contact: Marty Martin, Director of Public Works

To report an issue, please contact our 24/7/365 Call Center at 770.730.5600 or via webchat at  - Please do not report a service request through email. Our Call Center will log your issue and provide you with a tracking number and ensure the reported issue is directed to the correct resource.

Public Works: Stormwater Division

Stormwater Management Systems encompass any of the devices used to collect, treat or dispose of storm, flood or surface drainage waters.
Contact: Amir Fallahi,  Stormwater Services Unit Manager

Public Works: Transportation Services

Oversees the City's Transportation Capital Improvement Program Planning and reviews transportation related permits.  Oversees the Traffic Management Center.
Contact: Kristen Wescott, Transportation Services Unit Manager

Public Works: Field Services

Oversees pavement and bridge maintenance/repair, and emergency road services, as well as coordinates with utility companies.
Contact: Donald Kahn, Field Services Unit Manager

Public Works: Capital Improvement Programs

Manages capital improvement infrastructure projects.
Contact: Wesley Waters, CIP Unit Manager

Recreation and Parks

The City’s Recreation and Parks department takes care of the City's 13 parks, including development of new play areas.  Rec & Parks also handles the creation and implementation of the many youth and adult programming and activities found within our parks, including after school activities and summer camps.

Recreation & Parks General Inquiries -


In honor of the City's 10th Anniversary, these Fast Facts were created to give residents a glimpse of the people and departments that work on their behalf.


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