Bryant Poole, formerly a district engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, has been hired as Sandy Springs new assistant city manager.

The City of Sandy Springs has hired Bryant Poole as its new assistant city manager, adding to its staff a man known for his work with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Poole, formerly a district engineer who worked 28 years for GDOT, will oversee the city’s construction of its downtown area and will oversee public works and city building projects.

Noah Reiter left the assistant city manager’s position in 2011 and oversaw ChatComm, a joint 911 dispatch formed with the city of Johns Creek. City spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said City Manager John McDonough has taken over those duties. Eden Freeman, the Sandy Springs’ other assistant city manager, will continue overseeing city support services, grants and human resources.

“The city manager used the arrival of Bryant – and a look to strengths in his background – to reorganize some of the duties,” Kraun said.

McDonough said Poole will be an invaluable addition to the city as it works to develop its city center area.

“Bryant’s extensive background at the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), especially in the areas of road construction, maintenance and safety aligns well with our continued efforts to improve infrastructure throughout the city,” McDonough said in a press release. “He brings a wealth of experience including managing cooperative efforts among local, state and federal agencies.”

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