Meridian, Miss. After months of search, the city of Meridian finally has a new chief administrative officer.
At Tuesday's city council meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of hiring Mike McGrevey to the position of CAO. It was filled temporarily at first by Curt Goldacker and then Hugh Smith on an interim basis.
McGrevey previously worked in positions such as vice president for finance and administration at MSU, as well as president of the Montgomery Institute and executive director of Kemper Economic Development Authority. The council thinks his experience will be a big benefit.
"His background, his experience, his training, it's what we think we need in the city of Meridian," said council president, Dr. George Thomas. "He's familiar with operations, which I think will help, at the federal level, the state level, the local level. So I think that's going to be a big benefit."
The council says another bonus could be that the town he calls home is only about 30 minutes away.
"He's local. He's from right in Decatur, and I think that's a good thing, as well," said Ward 4 councilwoman, Kim Houston. "He shops here; he visits our city quite often. So he's kind of familiar with how we operate over here. I think that's going to be an asset to making it flow."
McGrevey will officially get started in about two weeks, and he says he can't wait to get started working on helping to improve the Queen City even more.
"There are a lot of things I'm looking forward to. First of all is working with an outstanding team of professionals to deliver the services to Meridian, but just as important is working with the city council and the mayor," McGrevey said.