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Posted: September 15, 2012 6:53 p.m.

A veteran newcomer

Oxford recently hired a new city manager, and we're impressed by the quality of administrator they were able to attract.

Bob Schwartz comes from the city of Monticello, which itself is slightly larger than Oxford, but he also brings extensive experience from several places larger and more complex than Oxford.

Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry gushed about Schwartz, saying the 63-year-old municipal veteran received top marks across the board and had every skill set the city was seeking.

Extensive experience in higher education? Check. He spent 18 years working with the University of Tennessee in a group that provided technical assistance to cities. He also worked as the city administrator in Americus, the home of Georgia Southwestern State University.

Past experience in city government? Check. Experience in Georgia? Check again. Schwartz has worked in Americus, Garden City and Monticello and just across the South Carolina border in Sumter County. He knows the state's law and requirements for cities.

So why would a man with such an impressive resume except a job in the relatively small Oxford? Roseberry believes Schwartz is looking to settle down in a city where he can still work for several more years before retiring.

Oxford is a fairly calm town, yet its council is trying to push the city forward and promote progressive growth around the college and downtown area.

We wish the council and Schwartz the best of luck in reaching those goals, and we welcome the addition of the another, reportedly-savvy, leader to our community.

 

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