Although now at 42 and the father of two boys, Moore, College Park’s new city manager, is still a competitive “trackster,” specializing in the 4X100 relay, and hoping to find an adult track club to continue his swift-footed exploits.
However, instead of a school name, he will likely wear either “College Park” or, “The Global Gateway City” stitched across the front of his jersey, and he could not be more pleased.
Moore, who has 15 years experience as a career city manager, took the College Park March 4.
“This is a great fit for me and I sincerely believe in the city of College Park,” said the Chicago native who has, in addition to a city administration post in his native “Windy City,” has held city manager posts in Florida, New Mexico and, most recently, Morgantown, W.V., home of the University of West Virginia.
“I believe I will be able to put to good use here, for the betterment of College Park, the experiences I have had in these other locations as we join to move this great city forward,” he added.
Although his family, consisting of his wife and two sons, ages 11 and 7, will join him shortly in College Park, Moore has already found the city to be a wonderful community with many positive features, including business and community growth opportunities.
However, Moore sees one element lacking that he plans to change.
“If we see ourselves as a global city, we need to have that view shared worldwide,” he said. “There are elements of College Park that are tremendous but they are not on anyone’s radar screen outside of our local area.”
Moore added among his plans for the city is to work for College Park to be known not only as the home to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield -Jackson Atlanta International, “but know us as a growing, thriving and intricate part of not only the metro Atlanta area but gaining notoriety throughout the world,” he said.
Although he can be found on the Woodward Academy track at least a couple of times a week sharpening his track skills as a competitive runner, he also brings another, perhaps lesser known talent to the city as a sketch artist. “It’s been my principal hobby for years and I still enjoy it,” he said as he showed one of his earliest childhood sketches, a fine likeness of former NBA basketball star Julius Erving.