The Doraville City Council has approved the hiring of a new city manager, Chris Eldridge, who most recently served for seven years as administrator for Horry County, South Carolina. Eldridge will begin his duties in Doraville on July 6.
Eldridge has 22 years of managerial experience in government. Prior to his work for Horry County, he was a municipal manager for the South Carolina cities of Liberty, Pickens and Georgetown. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and has a master’s degree in public administration from Clemson University. He also is a credentialed manager with the International City/County Management Association.
In his career, Eldridge has overseen a variety of projects, including streetscapes, wayfinding, recreation complexes, parks development, and road construction and improvements. Organizational improvements, both in service level and efficiency, have been a focus for him.
“We are excited to get Chris on board and are expecting quick results from him,” said Joseph Geierman, Doraville’s mayor. “The City Council has multiple projects and priorities that it wants to see progress on. Among those are filling open director-level positions at the city, completing a full cost/service analysis of outsourced services and rezoning Buford Highway for mixed use.”
“It is an honor to be selected by the City Council to implement their vision for Doraville,” Eldridge said. “I am eager to get started. The interview process allowed me to get to know the council and experience their excitement for Doraville’s future. Their enthusiasm sold me on the position. I can’t wait to continue to learn all I can about Doraville and become a part of the community.”
Charles D. Atkinson, Doraville’s police chief, has served as the city’s interim city manager for six months. He will continue as police chief.