Doraville, GA, March 31, 2017 – The Post Reports – The City of Doraville announced Friday that City Manager Dr. Shawn Gillen will be leaving the City and head to Tybee Island, GA to be their new City Manager. He officially leaves his post in Doraville in June.
“I want to thank the Doraville City Council, city staff and the residents for their support over the past four years” Gillen said in a Friday release. “We have accomplished many goals for the city and I believe Doraville is on track to effect great change in this area and DeKalb County in the years to come. I also want to especially thank Mayor Pittman for making Doraville a great place to work. She has been a great leader of this city and everything we have accomplished would not have been possible without her.”
“Through the use of new technology, software and computers, we have streamlined our processes and improved our record keeping throughout the city. The critical piece to these improvements has been getting the right people in place. I am very proud of our staff. They work very hard and take a lot of pride in what they do.”
“Dr. Gillen has played a large role in economic development in Doraville,” notes Mayor Donna Pittman. “From the creation of the Downtown Development Authority to Nexus to the Assembly development, he has been a key part of the success of these projects. We will greatly miss his professionalism and his commitment to making our city a better place.”
One of the things Gillen says he is most proud of is the improvement to Doraville’s Financial Management. “This year, we completed Doraville’s first comprehensive annual financial report which allows us to qualify for a Government Financial Officers Association award for excellence in financial reporting,” Gillen explains
Gillen came to Doraville from Grand Rapids, Minnesota where he worked as City Administrator. During his tenure in Doraville, the City says Gillen has played a major role in updating many of the city’s operations including improvements to permitting, code enforcement and occupational tax procedures.
Gillen has been with Doraville since 2013.