Brandon believes whether it be the student body of a school or the residents of a city, one is dealing with a diverse mixture of people with different backgrounds, wants and needs. Maintaining programs or services to those you are in place to lead, while on a limited budget with limited personnel, is a challenge.
However, with more 25 years as a school administrator or teacher, including teaching and/or administrative positions at Forest Park and Jonesboro High Schools as well as Murphy High School in Atlanta and as an adjunct or fulltime instructor at Clayton State University, Brandon believes he is the right person for the job and, it seems, the Forest Park City Council agrees.
At its last meeting, the council approved Brandon as the city’s new city manager. Although no one voted against the resolution, Councilwoman Linda Lord did abstain.
Although Brandon, a Forest Park resident since 1976, has always kept abreast of issues facing the city, he has been at work becoming more familiar with all aspects of city government, such as the city charter and its current budget, as he prepares to take his position Tuesday.
“I had originally planned to run for the Ward II council seat this November and had even organized some of my campaign,” he said. “However some residents then approached me about considering the city manager post with the departure of our former city manager and I decided to submit my resume.”
Although his was one of two resumes received for the position, Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart said Brandon offered the city the credentials and qualifications that best fit Forest Park’s needs.
“In addition,” Lockhart said, “Frank has the advantage of being a long-time, multi-decade resident of our city, which makes him one of us.”
“He gets the same services and pays the same taxes as any other resident which, I feel, is a big plus in filling this position,” the mayor added.
Brandon views Forest Park as a municipality with a bright future and he said one of his top priorities is to instill a greater sense of respect in Forest Park citizens for their city and its government through honest hard work and transparent leadership.