Valdosta city manager to retire in December

Posted at 5:42 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 13:58:19-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - The long time Valdosta city manager is retiring after 22 years.

Larry Hanson's retirement is effective December 8.

He will then go on to become the Georgia Municipal Association executive director where he will oversee programs for more than 500 Georgia cities. Hanson has 42 years of public service experience.

In addition to serving on the home front, Hanson has represented Valdosta and the region at the state and national levels. In 2014, he was appointed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to the Department of Community Affairs Board At-Large seat for a five-year term. 

“Larry’s dedication to the City of Valdosta and his impartial treatment of all citizens is unsurpassable. Valdosta will not be the same without him,” said Mayor John Gayle, who has served with Hanson for the past six years.

The Valdosta mayor and city council will discuss the transition plan at the November city council meeting.