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William Tanks appointed as Mableton’s inaugural City Manager


With a unanimous 7 to 0 vote, William Tanks has been appointed as Mableton’s inaugural City Manager. Mableton Mayor Michael Owens and the City Council solidified this decision during Wednesday night’s meeting, marking a significant milestone in the city’s journey towards cohesion and effective governance.

William “Bill” Tanks, a Navy veteran and former executive director of Powder Springs’ public services, equity, and inclusion agency, emerged as the sole finalist for the role of City Manager. His nomination garnered widespread support, evidenced by the unanimous endorsement from both the mayor and council members.

Prior to the vote, several Mableton residents, including Spotlight Publisher Shelia Edwards and Columnist Michael Murphy, commended the city’s selection of Tanks. They praised his expertise, responsiveness, and professionalism, citing firsthand experiences with his exemplary leadership in Cobb County.

Mayor Owens emphasized Tanks’ exceptional qualifications amidst a pool of applicants from across the state and country, affirming that he was the ideal choice for the role. Tanks, who has served in various leadership capacities in Cobb County, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to Mableton’s growth and development.

Reflecting on his deep roots in the community, Tanks underscored his longstanding connection to Mableton, where he has lived, worked, and raised his family for nearly three decades. He expressed enthusiasm for the chance to be part of the city’s leadership team and contribute to its promising future.

In addition to Tanks’ appointment, the mayor and council also appointed Mayor Pro Tem Keisha Jeffcoat and Councilman T.J. Ferguson as voting delegates for the Cobb Municipal Association.

They also approved an agreement with Ikon Filmworks for video services covering City of Mableton meetings, demonstrating a commitment to transparency and accessibility in local governance.


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