Dunwoody's First City Manager Leaving to Lead City of Johns Creek

Dunwoody City Manager Warren Hutmacher is leaving after a tenure of five years to serve as the new city manager for Johns Creek.

Warren Hutmacher. Credit: city of Dunwoody
Warren Hutmacher. Credit: city of Dunwoody
By Kristal Dixon and Deb Belt

After serving more than five years as the first city manager for Dunwoody, Warren Hutmacher resigned his position Monday to become the city manager in Johns Creek, according to the city's website.

Hutmacher will remain on the job in Dunwoody until April 25. 

“Naturally, I have mixed emotions about the decision,” said Hutmacher.   “While my family and I are excited to move to Johns Creek, our time in Dunwoody has been very special. Leaving a job in a community as extraordinary as Dunwoody is hard, but I am leaving behind an exceptional team of employees.” 

Hutmacher was appointed to the role in an unanimous vote by the Johns Creek City Council during its meeting on Monday, according to NorthFulton.com. He is slated to start his role on April 29. His salary will be $183,000 per year, plus bonuses. 

Hutmacher has been with the city since inception and was the first official city employee. The city says his accomplishments in Dunwoody include the introduction of the “split contract service model”, the city’s Project Renaissance redevelopment initiative and the infrastructure investments made over the last five years.

“We established a solid foundation for future success. All of the long-range plans for the city are in place and there is a considerable surplus of funds for a rainy day," Hutmacher said in a city release. "There are a number of projects under way that I think will have a long lasting impact on the community. I am proud of my time in Dunwoody.”

The City of Dunwoody operates under a unique “split contract service model” to provide the most efficient and effective services to its residents and businesses, says a news release. The model uses private sector entities to provide key municipal services while saving money.

Project Renaissance is a partnership between the city and John Wieland Homes on 35 acres within a key redevelopment zone in the Georgetown neighborhood. Project Renaissance adds park space, new single-family homes, a multi-use trail, and future potential space for a City Hall and a planned commercial node. 

The City of Dunwoody has made significant financial investments over the past five years to pave roads, build and repair sidewalks and rebuild the storm water infrastructure. All of this was accomplished without incurring any long-term debt, according to the city's release.

“As mayor, I’ve seen Warren’s stabilizing and innovative impact on our community,” said Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis. “His steady leadership and willingness to take on out-of-the-box ideas has paid dividends for the long-term best interest of the city. We thank him for his service and wish him nothing but success in his new job in Johns Creek."

Before he was tapped to serve as Dunwoody's first city manager in 2008, Hutmacher served as the city manager for Norcross and Avondale Estates.


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