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Cody hired as Metter city manager
Concludes 5 years as Statesboro planning director
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Mandi Cody

Mandi Cody will be leaving as planning and development director for the city of Statesboro to start as Metter’s city manager May 2.

At its regular meeting Monday, Metter City Council voted unanimously to hire Cody, who was present and signed the contract.

Head of Statesboro’s Planning and Development Department since January 2011, Cody joined it as a city planner in August 2009. Before that, she was Register’s first town administrator, from April 2007 to August 2009.

“She seems to be an excellent candidate, and we look forward to working with her,” Metter Mayor Billy Trapnell said in a phone message. “I’ve known her for a number of years, going back all the way to when she was in Register, and we think she’ll make us a good city manager.”

Cody, in an email later this week, said she appreciates the professional opportunities the city of Statesboro has given her and the personal relationships Statesboro has afforded her and her daughter.

“Statesboro has been a wonderful place to call home and will always have a place in my heart,” Cody said. “I have enjoyed my work with the staff, citizen committees, and business community and wish Statesboro much continued success.”

Still on ABC team

She intends to follow through as one of three presenters of Statesboro’s Blue Mile redevelopment plan in the America’s Best Communities competition.

Teams from Statesboro and 14 other semifinalist communities will compete at the America’s Best Communities Summit in Durham, N.C., April 26-27. Eight communities will be chosen to receive $100,000 each for use in further planning as they compete for the top three prizes, ranging from $1 million to $3 million, to be awarded in 2017.

Cody counts her work with this project this plan as one of her top accomplishments in Statesboro, along with work on the city’s partnership with Georgia Southern University for the Business Innovation Center and Fabrication Lab now being built into existing downtown buildings.

But the work she is proudest of, she said, has been with the Right Start Team and the model for development project management created by the city staff. A team of staff members from various city departments meets with potential business owners and developers to make them aware of the city’s expectations and offer guidance on planning.

“Together, our work has brought millions of dollars in investment to Statesboro and established a model for other cities that has been recognized by both the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend Magazine,” Cody said.

A law school graduate, Cody was a practicing attorney for several years. She served as a Register council member before transitioning to town administrator.

Statesboro-Metter ties

Cody won’t be the first former Statesboro City Hall employee to join Metter’s city staff. Before his recent 10 years as Metter’s city manager, Joseph Mosley was Statesboro’s first city planning director. He was hired when Carter Crawford was Statesboro city manager and they established the planning department, Crawford recalled this week in a phone interview from Metter, where he has been serving as interim city manager since November.

Manager in Statesboro from 1990 to 1998, Crawford later retired after 14 years as Sylvania’s city manager. He comes out of retirement periodically to work with various local governments as a consultant or temporary manager, and has been Metter’s interim manager since November.

After not renewing Mosley’s contract in October, Metter City Council contracted the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia for assistance in the city manager search. Cody was one of the three finalists identified in mid-March.

“She’s got a lot of vision, she’s very smart, she knows how to communicate with people, and I think she’ll do an excellent job,” Crawford said. “Metter is on the verge of some good things happening down here, so I think she’ll be a good person to lead it forward.”

Crawford has offered to stay as a consultant to Metter’s city government through May, helping to complete this year’s budget process while Cody gets settled.

The job advertisement stated that the Metter city manager is responsible for leading approximately 45 city employees and administering a $4.8 million budget in a city with 4,130 residents.

"I thank the mayor and council of Metter for selecting me as their next city manager,” Cody said. “I'm excited to serve alongside them, the employees, and the citizens of Metter and Candler County."

Herald reporter Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.

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