Published Friday, October 28, 2011
By Jeff Bishop
The Newnan Times-Herald
Grantville City Manager Mike Renshaw has informed the Grantville City Council that he will be leaving the city in late November to take a position as county manager of Camden County, NC.
Renshaw has worked for the city for nearly a year after Grantville went without a city manager for about the same length of time following the abrupt departure of former city manager Scott Starnes, who was arrested on drug-related charges in October 2009.
Grantville Mayor Jim Sells said that Renshaw has been "an asset for the city" and will be missed.
"Mike has done an outstanding job for the city of Grantville and he has been a big asset for the city," said Sells. "I'm very disappointed to lose him. He is going to be hard to replace."
Renshaw was recently offered a new one-year contract on a split vote from the council, but he opted to take the NC position instead.
When Renshaw took the Grantville job at the very end of former Mayor Casey Houston's tenure in late 2010, Grantville "had been without a city manager for a year, so there was a pile of work that was left undone," said Sells.
"Audits and budgets were not just behind, but very inaccurate," said Sells. "Mike helped us get all of that up to date and corrected. Grantville has come a long way in the year that Mike has served as city manager. I hate to lose him. I'm very disappointed. He is a man of excellent character and he has been an asset for the city of Grantville."
His last day of employment with the city will be on Nov. 24.
"We'll have an administrative committee meeting to decide what we're going to do from here," said Sells, who will become the interim city manager while a replacement is sought.
"We're going to do some tweaking on the job description, I think," said Sells. "We'll discuss that at our committee meeting."
Renshaw's is only the latest in a wave of resignations by city employees. In recent weeks two electricians and the city clerk have resigned, for a total loss of six employees, out of a total of 23, in just six weeks.
Sells said that he expects Renshaw to be replaced quickly. "We hope to replace him with a qualified city manager very soon. We won't let what happened last time happen again. We won't let a year go by without a city manager. That hurt us greatly," said Sells.
Renshaw said he's excited about his new opportunity.
"It's been a pleasure working in Grantville," said Renshaw. "There have been struggles and challenges along the way, but we've had some real accomplishments, too."
He said he is most proud of the new "professionalized" police department.
"We've been working with the chief to wrap up a lot of issues and face a lot of challenges," said Renshaw. "We're getting closer to state accreditation and certification, and we're proud of that."
He said he and the city staff have also been working "to get the city in a position to take advantage of economic development opportunities in the near future."
Renshaw said he believes the city is better off than he found it.
"I'm looking forward to moving on to a better opportunity and I'm looking forward to the challenges there, as well," he said.