Oxford hires new city manager

OXFORD --The city of Oxford has hired a new city manager to replace the current manager who is retiring this year.

Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry announced this week that the council has hired Robert P. "Bob" Schwartz as a replacement for Clark Miller, who will retire once Schwartz begins around Oct. 15. Miller announced his retirement last month, citing health issues.

"Schwartz has extensive experience in city administration, including managing city-owned enterprises such as electric utilities," Roseberry said.

Roseberry said that in addition to serving as the city manager for several communities, including Monticello, Americus and Garden City, Schwartz was the executive director for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service at the University of Tennessee for 10 years, where he directed a staff of 58 in providing a wide range of technical assistance to 347 cities in Tennessee.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in International Studies and a master's of public administration.

His salary will be $60,000 per year.

Roseberry reported that the city received 30 resumes and letters of interest for the city manager position. He said he had prepared a list of qualifications that he and the City Council had agreed on.

"It did not take long to single out Schwartz as the ideal candidate," Roseberry said. "He was the only applicant that met all of the requirements on the list and following his appearance before the City Council in executive session, the vote to hire him was unanimous."

Qualifications included having a master's degree in public administration; being a city manager in a Georgia city; and being a city manager for a city with enterprise funds, including being a Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia city. Additional pluses were having experience with a regional commission such as the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission and the Department of Community Affairs and also having experience in an academic environment, since Oxford College is part of the city.

Miller was Oxford's first city manager, after changing its form of government in July 2011. Prior to that, he was the city's chief of police since 2008.