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15 June 2016

New City of Tucker Goes Private, Hires CH2M to Run Municipal Operations

On 23 May, the City of Tucker selected CH2M to provide municipal services for the newly-formed city.

The CH2M team will manage the city's administration, finance and community development departments. CH2M will perform code enforcement, planning and zoning, and building permitting and inspections. The firm will also handle administrative services, including revenue collection, financial support and general staff support.

Voters approved a ballot referendum in November 2015 to declare Tucker, a nearly 125-year-old community, DeKalb County's newest city. The city turned to CH2M's experienced team for their strong interpersonal skills and expertise in starting many new cities in metro Atlanta to facilitate the transition of services from the County.

"Even though we are a well-established community of 33,000, we quickly realized that we were going to need the help of experts to make the most of our one-time opportunity to start the new city on a solid foundation for future success," said Mayor Frank Auman.

After receiving proposals from a number of quality firms, city officials conducted a thorough review process and checked with other cities in the area that started up in the last 10 years.

"CH2M clearly had the most experience in starting up new cities, but they had also taken the time to get to know Tucker. We felt that offered us the best talent and a more comprehensive approach that will accomplish what we need to get done to provide effective services to our citizens while respecting our available budget," said Auman.

In addition, CH2M Senior Management Consultant Tami Hanlin will serve as interim city manager while she leads the effort to identify a highly-qualified candidate to fill the leadership role long-term.

"We are looking forward to helping Tucker establish a responsive customer-centered city government," Hanlin said. "Our first order of business will be to establish a policy framework based on the priorities of the City Council in order to ensure that city operations are efficient, transparent and accountable, in order to deliver the high quality of service the residents of Tucker deserve."

CH2M's initial service contract with the City of Tucker runs through 2020.