City Manager/Director of Municipal Services
City of Oakwood, Ga.
Employees: 28
Population served: 4,100
Budget: $3.7 million; $7 million CIP, including special purpose, local option sales tax, and sewer.

Toot your team’s horn to keep employees and services from being first on the chopping block when a community faces difficult budgetary decisions. It’s up to public works leaders to remind decisionmakers that infrastructure fuels the local economy and enhances quality of life.

“Our work goes unnoticed until an emergency or disaster occurs,” says Stan Brown, who has spent more than 30 years working in local government, public works, engineering, and management.

“We must enlist the support of voters and elected officials to ensure that our needs are considered and addressed.”

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