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Posted on: December 27, 2018

Hardeeville names deputy city manager

Deputy City Manager

The city of Hardeeville will have another staff member on board as it readies for future growth and development.

Matt Davis has signed the city’s conditional offer to become its deputy city manager, according to Hardeeville City Manager Michael Czymbor.

The starting salary is $97,500 and Davis is expected to begin work at his new post Jan. 7, Czymbor said.

Davis had been manager of comprehensive planning for the city of Frederick, Md., for the past seven years.

“We are very excited about having Matt join us,” Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams said. “Matt seems to be a very qualified person and he’s bringing fresh ideas to the city. We are looking forward to his arrival.”

Williams said Davis’ addition is important because the city receives inquiries each day for possible residential, commercial and industrial projects. He said Davis will help the city be able to spread its resources as it continues to grow.


Williams said the position was discussed by the city’s council during a retreat last December and was later approved for the 2018-19 budget.

“The process of hiring a deputy city manager began a year ago,” Williams said. “We had to wait for budget season for it.”

Williams had said in August that the salary was necessary to attract the “perfect” candidate for the job and because of competition in the region, it was important to offer the salary in order to hire a quality person with a good background. He said Davis would be focusing on the city’s comprehensive plan and downtown revitalization.

According to the Frederick (Md.) News-Post, Davis said he returned to school to obtain a master’s degree in public administration and wanted to be more involved in day-to-day city operations. Davis has more than 20 years of experience in government, school and environmental planning.

Some of the deputy city manager duties will include coordinating the city’s retail and commercial recruitment, redevelopment, and strategic planning process by working and assisting developers and property owners. The deputy city manager will also work with city council and department heads on projects assigned by Czymbor.

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