The city of South Fulton has announced three new hires. CONTRIBUTED

City of South Fulton announces staff changes

The City of South Fulton recently announced a series of staffing changes, including hires, according to a press release. The hiring and selection committee conducted a nationwide search for three prominent city positions.

“Effective public service starts with an experienced team of subject matter experts. I am excited to welcome some of the nation’s best and brightest to our ranks to accelerate our focused efforts to improve service delivery to the residents of our great City,” said City Manager Odie Donald II.

Melanie D. Winfield is the new Assistant City Manager. A University of Mississippi School of Law graduate, she brings with her 20 years of experience in municipal government, including responsibilities in all phases of government operations and administration. Highlighted by previous roles with the city of Memphis as assistant city

attorney, Memphis WIN chief operating officer and District of Columbia’s deputy director of workforce and economic development,. Winfield recently led a multi-department Workforce Development Bureau, comprised of more than 250 employees across six locations, with functions ranging from management information systems, community

outreach, economic development, procurement, finance, facilities management, fleet maintenance, performance management and more.

Christopher Pike recently employed as director of economic development for the city of Villa Rica, will now serve as South Fulton’s economic development director. A graduate ofdTroy State University, Pike has served with many organizations throughout West Georgia, including the Business Development Committee for the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Committee for the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and the Historic High County Travel Association.

Jolene Butts Freeman, a Northwestern University graduate and previously the communications director for the city of Kennesaw, joins South Fulton as the new communications director. With over 18 years of communications expertise which includes governmental experience with Fulton County government, Butts Freeman has served as

chief press officer, communications manager and public affairs manager.


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