City manager finalist gets ...
by Ashley Fuller
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Finalist for Canton city manager Scott Wood, foreground, right, of Milledgeville, is greeted by, clockwise from left, Ken Patton of north Cherokee, Canton director of community development; Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood, of Canton; Pat Fowler of Canton, executive assistant to the mayor; and Camille Wehs of Canton, Canton director of technology, during a reception conducted by the Canton City Council on Monday. Wood is the current city manager of Milledgeville.<br>Photo by Thinh D. Nguyen
Finalist for Canton city manager Scott Wood, foreground, right, of Milledgeville, is greeted by, clockwise from left, Ken Patton of north Cherokee, Canton director of community development; Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood, of Canton; Pat Fowler of Canton, executive assistant to the mayor; and Camille Wehs of Canton, Canton director of technology, during a reception conducted by the Canton City Council on Monday. Wood is the current city manager of Milledgeville.
Photo by Thinh D. Nguyen
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Canton residents and city employees had the opportunity Monday to meet with the finalist for the city manager position.

Scott Wood, who has served as the city manager for Milledgeville since 2005, was greeted at Canton City Hall by the city and was introduced to the community. A vote on appointing Wood is scheduled during a called city council meeting Thursday.

"I have had an awareness of Canton and the excellent reputation it enjoys in the state," Wood said. "It is in a dynamic part of the state."

Wood said he viewed the city manager position as one of a "generalist" that sets the tone and pace with the various department heads as specialists. He said the values that he wants to bring to the city include professionalism, accountability and work ethic. He said he has met with members of the city council and discussed their primary goals, which are improving the city's audit results and addressing some growth and planning issues.

He estimated meeting about 100 people during Monday's meet-and-greet.

"Everybody was positive in their comments and they seemed genuine," he said.

Mayor Gene Hobgood, who has known of Wood through government organizations, said he has been impressed with Wood's professionalism.

"The city of Canton has been hungry for a good, professional manager," Hobgood said. "(Wood) fits that bill."

The position of city manager has been open since the beginning of April, when Rob Logan stepped out of the position and back into the role of chief financial officer. Hobgood has been filling in at the position since then.

Before going to Milledgeville, Wood served as executive assistant to the Mayor for the city of Macon from 1983 to 1987. His other government experience includes working as county manager for Bulloch County from 1991 to 2003 and county manager for Troup County from 2003 to 2004. He is an instructor of domestic and international programs at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and an instructor at the School of Government and Sociology at Georgia College and State University.

Wood, 58, lives in Milledgeville and has two sons and two grandchildren. He is a Member of the Georgia Municipal Association, International City-County Managers Association and Georgia City-County Managers Association and sits on the board of directors for the Milledgeville Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Macon College and Mercer University, where he got his associate and bachelor's degree, respectively, in political science, and Georgia Southern University, where he got a master's degree in public administration.

He said he is not anxious about leaving Milledgeville, where he said he has met a lot of friends.

"It will be a challenge, but it will be an exciting challenge," he said.

Councilman Jack Goodwin said he is "thrilled" with the choice of Wood.

"He has got the knowledge to handle our city. He knows how to solve problems," he said. "He knows how to get the most out of people."
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