The City of Savannah is pleased to announce new hires and promotions. Iris Ellsberry Smith has been appointed Director of the Vehicle Maintenance Department. She has worked for the City of Savannah for 25 years, including 17 years in the Vehicle Maintenance Department, as well as service as Acting Director of the Coastal Workforce Department.
Carla R. Byrd has been selected Director of Purchasing. Ms. Byrd is a Certified Public Purchasing Officer and Buyer with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Jurist Doctorate of Law. She has over 10 years of municipal purchasing experience, including service with the City of Macon and Charleston County.
Renee Higgins has been appointed the Executive Assistant to the City Manager. Renee has been with the City since 2008 in the Bureau of Public Development as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant City Manager. . Renee was an administrator with the Savannah office of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division from 2005-2008. Marty Johnston as has been appointed to the position of Director of Special Projects.
Other new hires and promotions include Julie McLean to Director of the Development Services Department, Luciana Spracher to Director of the Research Library & Municipal Archives and Roger Raines to Stormwater Management Director.