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Oxford manager called 'outstanding' regionally

Jim Dove, executive director of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, left, presents Bob Schwartz with a plaque for being named Outstanding Public Administrator of the Year. The City of Oxford held a special reception Thursday in the Oxford City Hall Community Room in Schwartz's honor. Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Jim Dove, executive director of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, left, presents Bob Schwartz with a plaque for being named Outstanding Public Administrator of the Year. The City of Oxford held a special reception Thursday in the Oxford City Hall Community Room in Schwartz's honor. Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

OXFORD -- Another city worker in Newton County has received regional recognition.

The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission recently named Oxford's city manager Bob Schwartz the Outstanding Public Administrator of the Year.

"This is the second consecutive year that a Newton County administrator has won the award," said Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry.

In 2012, Steve Horton, former city manager of the City of Covington, received the award.

"There are 12 counties and 54 cities in this region, so its quite an honor," Roseberry added.

Jim Dove, executive director of the NEGRC, said that Schwartz was one of a handful of administrators nominated this year. He said he was chosen for his work done in Oxford, which he began in October 2012, as well as his previous work in Monticello, where he served as city manager from 2009 to 2012.

Dove noted that Schwartz works with the city staff on community development, grant applications and visioning retreats.

"Bob is a very detailed-oriented person, very organized and he works together not only with local officials in Oxford but also with the imaginary city and county lines on regional projects," Dove said.

Schwartz said he was surprised with the award, which was announced at the recent annual meeting in Athens.

"It's a pleasure to work with the six council members and mayor, who have such an informed concern for the city," Schwartz said. "We're able to have discussions on the merits of an issue, rather than who presented it."

The city held a reception in Schwartz's honor on Thursday in the Oxford City Hall Community Room. Schwartz also received a plaque for the honor.