City Manager

Our City is a vibrant and diverse community of residents and businesses.  We have a dynamic blend of beautiful neighborhoods, family-oriented parks, restaurants and businesses.  Under the Council-Manager framework of government, our City provides quality public service in an open and accessible manner. This structure of governance combines the policy leadership of the Mayor and City Council with the managerial expertise of an appointed city manager.

The City Manager is responsible for managing the operations and administration of the Doraville City government.  The City Manager carries out the duties in accordance with federal, state and local laws and policies adopted by the Mayor and City Council.  Responsibilities and authorities include implementing the vision of the elected leadership and directing the activities of City departments.  The City Manager is the chief administrative officer and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Council.
Chris Eldridge began his duties as Doraville's City Manager on July 6, 2020, after seven years as administrator for Horry County, South Carolina.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."It is an honor to be selected by the City Council to implement their vision for Doraville," Eldridge said. "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."