Peggy Merriss was appointed Interim City Manager in July 2019. Merriss was previously City Manager for the City of Decatur, Ga., serving in that role from 1993 until her retirement in December 2018. She began her career for Decatur in 1983, holding positions including Employment Services Officer, Assistant to the City Manager/Personnel Director, and Assistant City Manager before her promotion as City Manager. Under her leadership, the Georgia Municipal Association selected the City of Decatur as a Georgia “City of Excellence” and “City of Ethics.”
Merriss was the first woman and the youngest person to serve as President of the International City-County Manager Association (ICMA) and currently serves as the chair of the ICMA-RC Board of Directors. Merriss is the recipient of the Georgia Excellence in Public Service Award from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Pillar of Professional Excellence award from the Georgia City-County Management Association. Merriss was inducted into the Georgia Municipal Association Hall of Fame in June 2019.
Merriss received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Converse College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. She is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and graduated from the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia.