Tensions rise between Lumpkin City Manager and select City Council Members

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Shirley Walker, the City Manager says, since being appointed in 2017 she’s been having issues with select council members.

“I don’t want this interview to be about me. I want it to be about the city of Lumpkin…the citizens of Lumpkin”- says Walker.

She says this includes having to also fulfill the duties of the city clerk, who was fired back in February.

“There was no plan B in place…none whatsoever. I was not even given the opportunity to discuss or participate in the termination of the city clerk.”- says Walker. 

But the guidelines state the City Manager is required to attend all city council meetings except for those concerning appointment or termination of the City Manager.

Walker says once the city clerk was let go, her workload increased, dramatically.

“It’s time to renew contracts, we have a leaf and limbs contract, our annual insurance renewal, we have the budget, we have municipal gas authority contract. There’s a lot of stuff on my plate that I need to be working on and I’m having to delay those things..to handle this!”- says Walker.

Walker says she just wants to be able to do what’s right for the city of Lumpkin.

“I have a genuine love for the city of Lumpkin. I was born and raised here,I grew up here, I went to school here, I left here and I returned here and I returned here with a goal to help make improvements to the city.”- says Walker.

She says when it comes to her goal moving forward…

“The only thing I want is for myself as city manager and the city council to be able to work on one accord. I feel like reaching out through the media it can heighten everyone’s awareness, the locals awareness, plus the ones who are living afar and may want to return. It can heighten their awareness of what’s happening in the city.”- says Walker.

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