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Billy Peppers Withdraws Name As Canton City Manager Finalist

Billy Peppers was the sole finalist for the job that was vacated with the resignation of Scott Wood.

Billy Peppers, left, with Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood. Credit: Kristal Dixon
Billy Peppers, left, with Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood. Credit: Kristal Dixon

It appears Canton will have to go back to the drawing board to find another replacement for its city manager position.

Billy Peppers, who was announced last week as the sole finalist for the position that's been vacant since early January, said he will withdraw his name as the candidate. 

Peppers, who is currently the special assistant for Community Development & Finance Division at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, wrote a letter to Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood and members of the City Manager Search Committee notifying them of his decision. 

His announcement comes on the heels of at least four council members expressing their doubts about whether Peppers, who has no prior city manager experience, was the right choice for the position. 

See the attached .PDF to read Peppers' letter addressed to the city. 

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Clay Campbell March 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Joe, if I am understanding what you said above: We have to pay the $12,900 to Mr. Wood and the $10,000 to Glen per month...and in the case a new manager is hired before July...we will have to pay them too! So the taxpayers are looking at a sum of $30+ per month for ONE job if the new person is hired before July!
Joe Johnson March 28, 2014 at 02:34 PM
It has been reported that Wood's contract included 6 months severance pay unless he was fired with cause which he was not. It appears that is not too unusual an arrangement for these city managers. I believe the city council can reverse any decision it makes, therefore the compensation deal for Cummins could be revoked. From what I see and hear, the guy is earning it and doing a decent job. At any rate if they hire a new manager before July surely Cummins will forego the salary? Look I think all these council people have the best intentions but at some point one has to ask why all the dissension over the past 6+ years? Canton has had 14 different council people in office over the past 6+ years and there has been dissension virtually the entire time. What is the common denominator?
Canton born and raised March 28, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Wow just reading this. I actually am a productive member of society and work long hours so I unfortunately can't post messages to micro blogs all day. It looks like yike you guys were able to talk to each other all day, so I guess you don't work? It's almost like you're the same person.
Canton born and raised March 28, 2014 at 07:04 PM
I hope that one day you both will contribute more to the city of Canton than message board post. If that's what you do during working hours, then you have a long way to go.
Joe Johnson March 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM
What a couple of strange and irrelevant comments.

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