City Manager

The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Council. As the chief administrative officer of the city, the City Manager is directly responsible for the efficient administration of all city government departments.

 

The duties and powers of the City Manager include the following:

  • Implementing & enforcing all laws and ordinances & programs approved by the City Council

  • Making recommendations for ordinances and legislation necessary for efficient operation for the City

  • Informing the Mayor & Council of the City’s financial position 

  • Preparing the City’s annual recommend operating and capital budgets

  • Directs and supervises the City’s leadership team to include all city department heads

 

To fulfill these duties, the City Manager is aided by an organization of city departments. The talent and skills of nearly 200 city employees are under the immediate direction of the department heads appointed by and responsible to the City Manager.

Diadra W. Powell

City Manager

101 W Lamar Street | Americus, GA 31709

(229) 924-4411

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Diadra Powell was appointed the Interim City Manager in March 2020 and officially appointed to the City Manager position on June 1, 2021. Prior to those appointments, Diadra served as the Finance Director for the City of Americus from 2013 to 2020, where she managed the City’s financial resources and safeguarded those assets through appropriate controls and accounting practices. Major areas of responsibility within that department included budgeting, annual financial statement preparation, administration of property Taxes and Tax Collection, Customer Service, Business Licenses, Utility Billing, Utility Services, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable.

 

Diadra has a long history of service.  She serviced honorable in the United States Army where she was an honor graduate for Advanced Individual Training, spent time in South Korea, and was awarded an Army Achievement Medal and Army commendations medal during the time she was active duty. 

 

She has served citizens the last 16 years in local government.  She has held many titles all with one purpose to provide citizens with services that impact their lives daily.

 

Diadra’s 16 years of experience in municipal government —include city-wide administrative support, department operations, financial services, project management, liaison with both state and federal representatives, customer service, & budget analyst. 

Under her leadership as the Finance Director, the City of Americus has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and for the first time is the City of Americus’s history received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the past two years. These awards, presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, are the highest forms of recognition in government budgeting and financial reporting.

 

Diadra is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association, International City/county Management Association and the Georgia City County Management Association.

 

Diadra is a graduate of Terrell County High School and East Carolina University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Shamica Davis-Fairfax

Senior Management Assistant

101 W Lamar Street | Americus, GA 31709

(229) 924-4411 Ext. 225

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Senior Management Assistant

  • Shamica Fairfax is the Senior Management Assistant for the City of Americus. 

  • She serves as liaison between the City Manager and departments, staff members, the public, community leaders, outside agencies, or other individuals or organizations for the distribution and receipt of routine information; interacts with various officials and dignitaries involving sensitive client relations;

  • track Mayor & Councils request to include follow-ups and call backs and provide updates when necessary; track citizen concerns for follow-up and completion.

  • At the direction of the City Manager, conducts advanced level research, analytical and administrative tasks in support of the City Manager’s office.

  • Assist in preparation of material for City Council agendas

  • provide information or technical assistance and follows-up as required; prepare research reports to serve as a basis for executive action.

  • Serves as the Deputy City Clerk, in the absence of the City Clerk.

 

She is a Dooly County native  with over 15 years of local government experience.  She has held several positions in local government to include Customer Service/Utility Billing Clerk, Administrative Assistant to the Mayor,  and City Clerk for the City of Unadilla  She worked as the Account Payable Technician and  Accounting Specialist prior to becoming the Senior Management Assistant.

 

Shamica is a member of the Georgia Government Finance Officers Association(GGFOA) and the Georgia Municipal Clerks Association.

 

Shamica is also a certified municipal clerk and a certified elections supervisor.