South Fulton Welcomes Key New Hires

During last week’s city council meeting, City Manager Odie Donald II introduced attendees to three key new hires: Melanie Winfield, assistant city manager; Christopher Pike, economic development administrator; and Jolene Butts Freeman, communications director. 

“Our ranks are growing and we’re excited to have these folks join the team,” said Donald.

Winfield previously served as the assistant city attorney for the City of Memphis. She is a University of Mississippi School of Law graduate with nearly 20 years of experience in municipal government including government operations and administration.

Pike is the former director of economic development for the City of Villa Rica where he secured $1.4 million in funding for downtown projects. He is a graduate of Troy State University. 

Freeman, who has more than 18 years of communications expertise, most recently served as the communications director for the City of Kennesaw. She earned her Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University. 

In a recent newsletter produced by the City of South Fulton, the new hires were hailed as “game changers.” They begin their new positions as the city prepares to adopt its FY19 budget. 

“We really appreciate all of you coming on, this is what we need to help us move this city forward,” said Mayor William “Bill” Edwards. “I’m sure speak for my colleagues when I say we’re excited about all of the new hires.”

Photo (L to R): Winfield, Pike, Freeman / Credit: City of South Fulton

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