The Thomson City Council last week in it’s regular meeting, Thursday evening, unanimously approved Donald Toms as the new city administrator.
The council voted unanimously to approve a contract with Toms. The new city administrator’s annual salary will be $115,000. He will receive a $500 per month vehicle and phone allowance, a temporary housing allowance of $750 per month through February 2021, and a $10,000 moving allowance for relocation expenses to a residence within 30 miles of the City of Thomson. The city also will provide Toms with two weeks of paid vacation leave and two weeks of sick leave upon his first day of employment.
All allowances are written into the contract, which was approved both by Toms and the city council.
“He’s agreed to it and he will be starting on the 14th,” said Mike Stewart, interim city administrator.
Stewart has been serving in an interim role for several months and his contract expires Sept. 15 but he says he will do a contract extension, but will assist with Toms’ moving into the role. Stewart assisted the city with hiring a new city administrator.
“He had excellent references. When the mayor up there (Winder) says ‘ I would hire him back in a minute,’ that’s a pretty good reference,” Stewart said.
Toms served as city administrator for the City of Winder from November 2010 to February 2020.
His roles in government prior to that were:
•administrative services & finance director, City of Milledgeville, January 2009 to October 2010.
•city manager, City of Rincon, August 2007 to January 2009,
•city manager, City of Bowdon, February 2006 to August 2007
•planning and grants manager/accreditation administrator, City of Newport News Police Department, June 2002 to February 2006.
•research and training specialist, special projects coordinator, Department of Law Enforcement, State of Florida, June 1995 to June 2002.
Toms holds a master of public administration, bachelor of political science, and bachelor of geography — all three from Florida State University.
“He’s pretty well rounded,” said Stewart.