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City of Woodstock announced changes to the City Manager’s team taking place in January 2020. Rob Hogan has been promoted to Assistant City Manager over Public Works and Water & Sewer and began work in his new role on January 16th. Coty Thigpen was hired as Assistant City Manager over Administration. She will begin January 27th and will oversee the city’s Information Technology Department, GIS/Mapping Services and Human Resources Divisions.
The Assistant City Managers will perform high-level administrative, technical and professional duties while supervising all municipal employees either directly or through subordinate supervisors and report to City Manager Jeff Moon serving as Acting City Manager in his absence as needed.
Rob Hogan has served as the Director of Public Works for City of Woodstock since 2013. In that role, he helped to restructure the department resulting in rapid increase in public infrastructure projects designed to have immediate public benefit. He also participated in continued long-rage development and planning to support the growth of the city. Prior to joining City of Woodstock, Rob was the CEO of a technology start-up, a senior executive with the Department of Homeland Security and also Equifax as well as a Vice President with Days Inn of America. A graduate of the University of Florida, Hogan holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Kennesaw State University and has completed the Goizueta Executive Program at Emory University.
Coty Thigpen leaves the position of City Clerk of City of Sandy Springs to become City of Woodstock’s Assistant City Manager. Thigpen has also served as City Clerk with City of Alpharetta and City of Canton. Thigpen completed her Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration on Local Government Administration from Kennesaw State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Georgia. She is a Certified Municipal Clerk and a Certified Finance Officer through UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. She also participated in the International City Manager’s Association’s Mid-Career Management Institute.
City of Woodstock Public Works Field Operation Manager Jeremy Parker will replace Hogan as Director of Public Works effective January 16th. Parker joined City of Woodstock in 1997 as a Maintenance Worker. In 2000, he was promoted to Park Maintenance Crew Leader and in 2004 he became Code Enforcement Officer. In 2010, Parker was promoted to Deputy Building Official followed by Stormwater Operations Manager in 2012 and assumed his most recent role in 2014.
“I look forward to the assistance these two experienced public servants will bring in their new roles,” Woodstock City Manager Jeff Moon stated. “Our city is growing and improving and as it changes so must the staff that serves its citizens.”
Hogan, Thigpen, and Parker will join others on the City Manager’s Team at the Mayor and Council’s Annual Planning Retreat taking place February 7-9 in Rome, Georgia. There will be a reception to recognize the three new staff members at 6 p.m. on January 27th prior to the Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council at the Chambers at City Center (8534 Main Street).