City employees, elected officials and representatives from a variety of local businesses and public agencies stopped by to wish Rokovitz well.
Also on hand for the event was incoming Cedartown City Manage Bill Fann, who has been promoted from the position of city public works director and assistant city manager to the city’s top salaried position.
Cedartown City Commission Chairperson Dale Tuck said the city is in the middle of some complicated planning tasks, including preparation of the next year’s budget. Commissioners decided to promote from within the city’s ranks, with confidence that Fann has the expertise and on-hand knowledge needed to lead the city going forward.
“We can’t afford a learning curve right now,” Tuck said. “Bill Fann has worked closely with Robbie this year and can step in without missing a beat.”
Fann’s new position pays a salary of $75,000 a year, which commissioners said is competitive for the northwest Georgia region and also comparable to the private sector. The position includes managing a workforce that is currently at 106 city employees.
Rokovitz has been with the city for nearly two years. He was hired in October 2010 at a starting salary of $79,000.
Fann has been with the city for about eight months. He was hired as public works director after previously serving as police chief and in the city administration in Piedmont, Ala. for many years.
Fann’s promotion officially takes place Friday, which is also the effective day of Rokovitz’s resignation.