Tamara Brock’s 13-year career with the City of Cartersville will come to an end on Sept. 1. That’s the day the longtime Cartersville resident will officially step down from her post as city manager, a position she’s held for the last two years.
“I am appreciative of the opportunities both mayor and council have afforded me during my tenure with the City,” she said. “My departure leads me to a position with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, aligning my career with work that supports my passion.”
Brock took over the mantle of city manager in June 2018 following the retirement of Sam Grove. She was named the sole finalist for the position — this, after a national search consisting of a field of more than 40 other candidates.
After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2003 with a degree in journalism, Brock landed a job as a community and public relations director for the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce. That was followed by a stint as the director of marketing and communications for Rome’s Redmond Regional Medical Center.
Brock officially became a City of Cartersville employee in 2007, when she was named the City electric system’s key accounts manager. She moved up to the City’s utility accounts and development manager in 2015 and was promoted to assistant city manager for utilities in 2017.
“It’s been an honor to serve with the employees of Cartersville as well as mayor and council,” she said. “They work diligently to do what is best for the City to serve our citizens. I know Cartersville will only continue to grow and thrive.”
Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini said Brock’s contributions to the local government over the last 13 years are numerous. And while it is tough to see her move on, Santini nonetheless said he believes Brock will continue to positively impact the community in her new position with the State.
“I am appreciative of the dedication, commitment and professionalism that she gave the City in everything she did,” he said. “Tamara navigated our City through unprecedented and uncertain times over the past two years as city manager, and her leadership has been steady and strong. I am honored to have served with her.”
Name: Tamara Brock
Current City: Cartersville
Official Title: Cartersville City Manager
DAILY TRIBUNE NEWS (DTN): To begin, what ultimately drew you to working in the City of Cartersville government?
TAMARA BROCK (TB): My first job out of college was with the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce. It was my first true exposure to the City and the community. When I was given the opportunity to work with Cartersville's electric system, my love for the City grew. I always have considered it a privilege to represent the City.
DTN: In what ways would you say Cartersville — both the City government and the city itself — has changed the most since you’ve been an employee for the local government?
TB: The growth in our community has been a unique experience to watch. It has played an integral role in how you communicate and deliver services to our citizens and customers.
DTN: Over the last two years, what have been the most rewarding and challenging things about being Cartersville’s city manager?
TB: The most rewarding part of this position was working with a tremendously talented group of people and learning the ins and outs of departments that I did not know a lot about coming in. The most challenging was trying to balance a budget for the upcoming year without knowing what the total repercussions would be from the current pandemic.
DTN: Do you have a favorite moment during your tenure as a City of Cartersville employee?
TB: I have some funny and embarrassing ones that I probably don’t need to share but feel free to call a few employees at the Cartersville electric system and ask them about the dog incident in dispatch.
DTN: What would you say is your biggest achievement as a City of Cartersville employee, or the achievement you are most proud of?
TB: I do not consider any achievement during my tenure as a personal achievement as it always takes a team to accomplish and provide the services to the City residents.
DTN: Can you give us any details on what you will be doing for the Georgia Department of Economic Development? And along those lines, in what ways do you think your experiences in Cartersville’s government helped prepare you for this new role?
TB: I will be the Region 1 Project Manager for the Global Commerce Division. I have been fortunate to work with economic development in some capacity throughout my time with the City. I have been able to experience firsthand what needs industries may have as it relates to daily operations, expansions and workforce.
DTN: What’s your general outlook for the City of Cartersville moving forward? In what ways do you see the city changing the most in the years ahead?
TB: Cartersville will only continue to grow and thrive. It’s a wonderful community that is led by an exceptional mayor and council.
DTN: And lastly, is there anything you would like to say to your colleagues and coworkers before moving on, and what it has meant to you — on a personal level — working for the City of Cartersville and its residents?
TB: It has been an honor to serve the residents of the City of Cartersville with my coworkers. All City employees play an integral role in making the City run and thrive. I am grateful for the opportunity to work for the City and for the trust and support from mayor and council.