MILTON - Milton City Clerk Jeanette Marchiafava has left her position with the city.
According to City Manager Chris Lagerbloom, it is a personnel issue and he can say little about the reasons for her leaving. Marchiafava has been with the city since its inception three years ago. Being a city official, Marchiafava’s resignation has to be ratified by the City Council.
"She’s been there since day one and has helped set up our whole court system," said Mayor Joe Lockwood. "I’ve enjoyed working with her and wish her the best as she moves forward."
The city has seen several high positions turn over in recent months.
Lagerbloom insists that there is no problem with the city, that instead it is the corporate culture of CH2M Hill, the private entity that operates large swaths of the city business.
"If you look at our police and fire departments, which are under city control, there is very, very little turnover," Lagerbloom said. "In a private partner, people can come and go."
The City Clerk is a public employee, not private.
While some employees have left for personal reasons - such as Community Development Director Alice Wakefield who left to join the City of Roswell, where she lives - others have simply been transferred elsewhere as the need arises by the company, such as Johns Creek or Sandy Springs. Since Milton is transitioning away from the private partnership with CH2M Hill, as some positions empty, they will not be fully staffed until both sides have a better idea of what positions will be privately staffed and which will be publicly. Interim Community Development Director Tom Wilson, who has filled Wakefield’s position - is a prime example.