As City Manager Odie Donald II prepares to depart for Augusta, Ga., Tammi Saddler Jones has been appointed to serve as interim city manager.
Jones, who joined the city in late October as the assistant city manager will assume the role Nov. 6. She has more than 20 years of experience in local government, spending the last decade in executive leadership as either an assistant city manager or city manager. Most recently, she served as the city administrator for the City of Smyrna.
“I’m very excited to be in the City of South Fulton,” Saddler Jones said. “As interim city manager, I want to implement the strategic goals that have been set in place for the city.”
“I’d like to get key projects initiated and completed so citizens know we hear them and are taking action to accomplish the things we said we’re going to do,” she added. “I believe in leading an organization, not just managing.”
Under Saddler Jones’ leadership, Smyrna made Money Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Live in the United States 2018 list. She also helped the city obtain $2.9 million in CARES Act funding to fund business grants, purchase technology and personal protective equipment, secure Wi-Fi hotspots for the families in Smyrna with students during the pandemic, among other initiatives.
Her experience includes serving as the assistant town manager in Berlin, Connecticut and assistant to the city administrator for League City, Texas. She has received numerous awards and is a graduate of Leadership ICMA, a competitive, intensive two-year ICMA University program that cultivates key competencies needed for successful leadership at all levels of local government management.
Jones earned a master’s degree in public administration from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Tougaloo College.
In other appointments, the South Fulton City Council named Corey Adams as interim city clerk and Michael Sheridan as chief judge of the city’s Municipal Court.
Adams served as the deputy city clerk since February 2019. Prior to working with the city, he worked for 20 years as chief of staff with Fulton County.
Adams earned a master’s degree in public policy and public management from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morehouse College. He holds memberships with the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Georgia Municipal Clerks Association and the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
Sheridan, who previously served as the city’s judge pro tem, also works as a judge for the city of Stonecrest, the DeKalb County State Court and the Georgia Municipal Court. He is a partner at with Davis & Sheridan, LLC, with more than 10 years of general litigation experience, specializing in family law, criminal defense and personal injury.
Sheridan earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Howard University in 1998. After graduating, he worked in the financial services industry for five years before enrolling in law school, receiving a juris doctor from the University of Georgia in 2006.