It's a little more than 600 miles between Morgantown and College Park, Georgia. That's how far the current Morgantown City Manager will have to move for his new job.
Terrence Moore announced Monday afternoon he's leaving his current job for the same position in the suburb of Atlanta.
Moore has been the City Manager in Morgantown for a little more than two years.
Earlier this month 5 News told you he was the finalist for a job in Corpus Christi, Texas, but the city had decided to hire someone else.
Moore's last day in office will be Friday, but he'll be around until the end of February.
Moore told 5 News when he signed on to be the city manager in the University City he planned to take the job for about 5 years.
"That, very well, may have been possible," Moore said. "However, opportunities come when they come. Let's say I would have remained in Morgantown for 5 years, 10 years, and so on then that opportunity might have not been there."
There were some rumors that Moore was being forced out due to a feud with other city council members. Moore denied those reports during the press conference Monday.
City council members will start looking for a new city manager starting at a council meeting Tuesday night.
The following release is an announcement from City Manager Terrence Moore:
MORGANTOWN – City Manager Terrence Moore is currently in final discussions regarding an offer to become the next city manager of College Park, Georgia.
College Park, an intown suburb of Atlanta and part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, sits in southwest Fulton County and is home to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport in terms of both passengers and number of flights.
The City has a year-round workforce of 500 employees in 15 operating departments, with an annual operating budget of $115 million. This includes College Park Power, one of only a few municipal electric utilities in the Southeast United States, as well as the Georgia International Convention Center, the State’s newest and second largest convention center.
Major businesses in the City of College Park include paper, chemicals, fabricated metals, printing and publishing, petroleum and related industries, rubber and plastics, and electrical machinery. Principal manufacturing industries include food-related and concrete products and services. College Park is also home to Woodward Academy, the largest independent (private) school in the continental United States. The City has a strong hospitality district, which includes 33 hotels near Hartsfield-Jackson. The corporate headquarters for American fast food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is located in College Park as well.
Flights and other related activity at Hartsfield-Jackson yields a daytime population in College Park by as much as 252,000, in addition to roughly 15,000 permanent residents.
As College Park city manager, Moore will serve as its chief administrative officer. The City of College Park operates under a Council-Manager form of government, similar to Morgantown.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me, both personally and professionally,” Moore said. “Being involved in a local government leadership capacity in a major metropolitan area likewise enables my ability to fully and effectively contribute skills and acumen developed during my years to date as a city manager.”
Moore has already informed members of the Morgantown City Council regarding this opportunity. As Moore will stay in the community for the next few weeks, he will remain available to both City Council and staff for any assistance that may be requested and/or required of him during this time. However, so as to begin applicable transitions for both Morgantown and College Park, he will relinquish day-to-day leadership of City of Morgantown operations effective Friday, February 1st.