Thursday, January 17, 2008

Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Morris Resigns to Join Ahmann as an Advisor to the Atlanta Committee for Progress

Joe Morris III, the deputy chief of staff for the City of Atlanta announced he will leave his current position at the end of this month to take a position with the Atlanta consulting firm, Ahmann. Morris will be an advisor to the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), which has worked with the City on several key economic development initiatives like the BeltLine, the Peachtree Streetcar project and Brand Atlanta.

“Joe has been a dedicated member of my staff since I became mayor in 2002. His legal training and experience with government and business stakeholders, as well as constituents has been critical to me on some of the City’s more challenging projects, like the South Fulton annexation effort, Hurricane Katrina resettlement and the civilian review board. I have no doubt that the same commitment to public policy and thoughtful management that he brought to my administration will be an asset to Ahmann and the Atlanta Committee for Progress,” said Mayor Shirley Franklin.

As Mayor Franklin stated, Morris’ accomplishments as deputy chief of staff with the City have included his leadership on annexation of new residents from South Fulton into the City, as well as his oversight on the City’s Boards and Commissions, including the newly formed Atlanta Citizens Review Board.

Since 2002, Morris served as the Telecommunications Manager, where he was responsible for managing telephony franchise agreements and the franchise agreement with Comcast and the City of Atlanta. He has also served in the Chief Operating Office and the Office of Constituent Services. Prior to joining the City of Atlanta, Morris was a Senior Assistant Public Defender for the Atlanta City Court.

Morris said, “I have gained an enormous amount of insight and experience working for the Franklin administration and the City of Atlanta. I look forward to continuing to work for the residents of this great City in my position at Ahmann.”

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