Savannah City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to appoint Stephanie Cutter as the seventh City Manager in Savannah’s history.
“Ms. Cutter is a visionary. She has brought togetherness back among the staff, the leadership and the City of Savannah,” Mayor Edna Jackson said before the vote.
As City Manager, Ms. Cutter serves as the chief executive officer of a full-service City Government with almost 2,500 employees and a nearly $300 million annual operating budget.
“I am honored and humbled by this selection. We can do great things working together,” Ms. Cutter said after accepting the appointment.
Ms. Cutter was appointed Acting City Manager in October 2012. She had previously served as Assistant City Manager of Administrative and Community Services since December 2011, and as Acting Assistant City Manager since May 2010. In this capacity, she oversaw two bureaus – Management Services and Community & Economic Development – which house a total of 28 departments.
She is a Savannah native and Windsor Forest High School graduate whose professional career began in 1976 with the Georgia Department of Corrections. She joined the City of Savannah in 1989 as a budget analyst. In 2002, Ms. Cutter was appointed Acting Chief of the Sanitation Bureau, which became a permanent appointment the following year.
She earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Masters of Public Administration from Savannah State College (now University). She holds national certifications in Solid Waste Collection, Landfill Management and Public Works Management. She received Senior Executive Leadership Training from the University of Virginia in 2010, and is a Leadership Savannah graduate.