Doraville hires city manager

Doraville has hired a city administrator from Minnesota to serve as its first city manager since it switched to a strong mayor form of government in 1981.

City voters agreed to switch back to having a professional manager handle day-to-day operations last year.

Shawn Gillen, who has served as city manager in the Minnesota town of Grand Rapids since 2007, will begin his new duties April 17. He will earn $113,000 annually in the role.

Gillen holds a master’s degree in public administration and doctorate in public finance from the University of Kansas. He served as an assistant finance professor at the university before his job in Grand Rapids, which with 10,000 residents is about the same size as Doraville.

Mayor Donna Pittman, who had been working full-time, will assume a part-time role when Gillen begins work.

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