Clarkesville City Manager, Barbara Kesler, Resigns

Clarkesville - The Clarkesville City Council accepted the resignation of City Manager Barbara Kesler earlier today.


Kesler has served as City Manager of Clarkesville for over eleven years. 


In an email sent out by Clarkesville Mayor Barrie Aycock, Kesler's accomplishments include:

* Construction of an up-to-date water treatment lab

* Historic reconstruction of 1/4 of our downtown square after the fire in 2014

* Completion of streetscape design downtown

* Major upgrades to the City’s Water Treatment Plant

* Demolition of the old Garment Factory and creation of additional parking

* Significant stormwater management upgrades 

* Start-up of a Main Street Program and a Downtown Development Authority

* Successful application and receipt of grant funds in excess of $5.6 Million 

* Successful management of city services and staff retention during 10 years when the City tax digest decreased by 24% without any staff lay-offs, furlough days or reduced benefit contributions.


Kesler expressed her appreciation for her coworkers “whose commitment to excellence and betterment of the City is to be commended. They have overcome many circumstances where resources were slim and challenges were great. They are the most outstanding people with whom I have ever had the privilege to work”.


She plans to spend more time with her extended family and assist her husband with his business in Toccoa.  


Kesler’s last day with the City will be August 16.