Assistant City Managers

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Jim Tolbert, FAICP, is Assistant City Manager for Planning and Neighborhood Services. As a member of the senior management team, he will oversee Community Development, Recreation and Parks, Neighborhood Outreach Services, as well as assist with strategic planning and special projects. 

Jim joins the city from Charlottesville, Va., where he served as Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development Services. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Prior to his role with the City of Charlottesville, Jim guided planning and development for the cities of Albany, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Opelika, Ala.  He was previously a director of the Albany Dougherty Planning Commission and served as City Administrator for LaFayette, Ala.  The Virginia Planning Association has recognized him for his work with awards including 2005 Implementation Award, 2007 Innovation Award and in 2014 honored with the Outstanding Plan Award.

Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Community Planning and Development from Columbus State University and earned his Master of Community Planning from Auburn University.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  


Doug Edwards is Assistant City Manager for Infrastructure.  As a member of the senior management team, he will oversee capital improvement, T-SPLOST, stormwater and transportation programs. 

Edwards brings to the position 20 years of a broad-based background in public works, transportation engineering, and operational management.  Edwards is a retired Colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves where he served for 30 years. 

Mr. Edwards served as a Regional Client Service Leader for MWH Global now part of Stantec, a water and natural resources consulting firm and served as Director of Public Works for DeKalb County, the 3rd largest County in the state of Georgia.    In addition, Mr. Edwards worked with consulting engineering firms    HDR Engineering; ARCADIS; and Brown and Caldwell as its Regional Director of Utility Services, and Weston Solutions. 

Edwards received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Science/General Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.  He earned a Master of Business Administration from Mercer Stetson School of Business and Economics. 


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