JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — After five years on the job, Warren Hutmacher is out as Johns Creek city manager.
In an unannounced move June 17, the City Council approved a separation agreement with Hutmacher, who did not attend the meeting.
Police Chief Ed Densmore was immediately appointed acting city manager.
Monday night, the council cut short its work session and disappeared into executive session for more than an hour. When they returned, Councilwoman Stephanie Endres added the separation agreement and appointment of an acting city manager to the agenda.
Hutmacher became Johns Creek’s city manager in 2014, after previously serving in the same capacity at Dunwoody, Norcross and Avondale Estates.
Densmore has served as police chief since the department was created in 2008. He had served as interim police chief at Alpharetta in 2006. He will continue his duties as chief while serving as acting city manager.
“I’m disappointed we’re having this discussion, but at the same time I have completely faith and confidence in Chief Densmore,” Mayor Mike Bodker said.
After public comment, the council returned to executive session for nearly another hour to discuss one personnel and two land matters before continuing its posted agenda.
In zoning matters, the council agreed to allow a developer to withdraw a proposal to build a 32,050 square foot shopping center at the corner of McGinnis Ferry Road and Johns Creek Parkway.
The developer, Johns Creek Village Management, stated there was a need to address soil issues at the site and redesign elevation plans before proceeding. The vote was 6-0, with Bodker absent for the vote.
The council also voted 6-0 to spend $30,000 to gather traffic data that will be used to optimize signal timing on weekends and another $50,000 to install wireless communication devices at seven signals.
The funding is for an ongoing project by the Public Works Department to reduce travel times by better synchronizing traffic signals. The department reported the findings from the first phase of the project earlier this month and found that improvements in travel time were reflected in areas where optimization had been implemented.