Warner Robins council members, mayor debate city administrator position

Warner Robins city council discusses adding a city administrator. Jennifer Munoz (WGXA)

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- The Warner Robins City Council further discussed the possibility of adding a city administrator position at their meeting on Monday.

The idea of the new position was first brought up at a council meeting in May.

Then, Mayor Randy Toms said he didn't think a city administrator would benefit the city.

Discussion of the position was not on Monday evening's agenda, but Councilman Keith Lauritsen brought up the topic.

All council members are in favor of a city administrator except Mike Davis. They differ, however, on how and when the position should be implemented.

Lauritsen said he believes that mayoral candidates running for election in November should know that a city administrator position is likely.

Councilman Chuck Shaheen said he thinks Warner Robins has an antiquated city structure and an administrator is needed..

The discussion got a little heated when Toms said he thinks that there may have been a meeting on the topic that violated the Open Meetings Act.

Councilman Clifford Holmes fired back and said that the city attorney was present at the time of the meeting so there was no violation.

A first reading on an ordinance that adds the position was read during the council meeting but they did not vote tonight.

The council did vote to approve master meters on development sites. As of now, there is no ordinance that specifies if the city or the developer pays the meters.

The ordinance states that the city would supply the meters and the developer would be responsible for its installation. That can range from $30,000 to $100,000.

Council members also voted for a wide-area network project to expand the city's network. Members said it would drastically improve connectivity.

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