Centerville city administrator resigns; division heads to report directly to council

jburk@macon.comNovember 22, 2013 

Centerville division directors will now report to city councilmen, following the resignation of City Administrator Patrick Eidson.

Eidson is leaving the position, which he’s held since November 2005, to consider other opportunities, Mayor John Harley said Friday. Harley said he “had no inkling” Eidson was thinking about leaving until he let council members know a few days ago. His resignation was effective Thursday.

Eidson could not be reached for comment.

City Council met in a special called meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss how to move forward. Harley said division heads asked if they could report directly to council members instead of a city administrator. Council agreed to that, and each councilman will oversee one of the city’s four divisions -- police and fire safety; water and sewer; city administration; and finance and courts, Harley said.

“One of the things a city administrator does is he teaches each (division director) to be independent,” he said. “So instead of reporting to a city administrator, they will report to a council member over them.”

As a result, an interim city administrator will not be named, and a permanent replacement will not be sought, at least for now.

Council will evaluate the new reporting structure at the end of next year and decide how to proceed then, Harley said. Council members work part time.

“We’ll see how it works,” he said.

Harley said the city will pay Eidson a severance package, as required by his contract. The amount of severance was not available Friday.

“It’s a standard thing that’s set up,” Harley said.

Eidson’s primary responsibility was to manage the day-to-day operations of the city.

He also served as the city’s human resources director, city planner and budget officer, according to the Centerville website.

To contact Houston editor Jennifer Burk, call 256-9705.

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