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DEC. 12 — DEC. 25, 2014 • VOL. 5 — NO. 25
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New city manager sees ‘great opportunity’ BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
As members of the council and Mayor Mike Davis looked at images of the L.A. fire, they noted how “you can see the wood frame.” Nall used the pictures to support his argument that the city should adopt tougher – and controversial – building codes. City officials have been debating the changes for
Eric Linton has been planning for the job of city manager his whole career. “It’s been a goal of mine since I first entered government service in a planning and director role,” he said. “My goal was always to get into admin. I spent 14 years with Douglas County and now I’m continuing my career path into a city manager position.” Dunwoody City Council on Dec. 8 voted unanimously to hire Linton as the 6-year-old city’s second city manager. City Councilman Denny Shortal, a member of the committee appointEric Linton ed to find a new city manager, said Linton stood out to all the committee members. “I think the citizens are going to embrace him,” Shortal said Linton said he learned of the job during the summer and saw a “great opportunity” to serve one of metro Atlanta’s “premier cities.” The area provides both high-end office developments and an ability to attract Fortune 500 companies, Linton said, as well as offering a solid residential community. “The two provide a good balance, with office, commercial and residential,” he said. Linton said his passion for planning and zoning goes back to watching the area where he grew up (he graduated from Chamblee High School) go from rural to suburban, and now is at the center of the growth cycle. “Watching the area grow and wanting to be part of that cycle has always inspired me, and I’ve wanted to help shape it into the fu-
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PHOTO BY PHIL MOSIER
Best friends Tatum O’Grady, age 7, and Emme Cook, age 6, share their Christmas wish lists with Santa at the Light Up Dunwoody holiday event on Nov. 30. The girls both attend Austin Elementary School. More photos on page 22.
Council votes to toughen rules for some multi-story buildings BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
City Councilman Terry Nall opened a council discussion about amending building codes Dec. 8 by showing images of Los Angeles fires from that day’s television news. Nall said he woke up at 6 a.m. that morning, just like he does every work day, but on Dec. 8 he saw the news showing a giant fire consuming a structure in Los Angeles, Calif. The structure was a wood-framed apartment building, he said.
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