Tom Barber has been formally named city manager of Villa Rica.

The Villa Rica City Council unanimously approved the appointment during a July 27 called meeting. Barber had been acting in the role of interim city manager since July 6, when the council voted to approve his employment. The interim status was temporary, meant to be in effect until full details of his employment contract were worked out.

The council has approved a salary of $115,000 per year, plus any and all standard city benefits. As city manger, Barber will be in charge of day-to-day operations for the city.

Barber had been employed by the city of Fairburn as city administrator for over five years, ending in June 2016. Prior to that, he worked for over two years as finance director for the city of Macon. From April 2003 until July 2004, he was interim city manager for the city of East Point.

He earned a BBA in accounting and an MBA from Georgia State University.

Fairburn is a Fulton County town that is similar in many respects to Villa Rica. Fairburn is bisected by Interstate 85 and has a population just under 13,000. Villa Rica's population is just under 14,000, and both Villa Rica and Fairburn have been among the fastest-growing cities in the state.

His hiring marks the end of a long search for a city manager, which began Feb. 16 when the council voted to terminate the employment of the previous manager, David Milliron.

During the search, the city received 140 applications nationwide from people who had seen the position advertised in various media, including specialty publications for city managers and administrators.

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