Assistant City Managers

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Bryant Poole  is Assistant City Manager for Infrastructure for the City of Sandy Springs. A member of the senior management team, Bryant focuses his attention in the area of Public Works, Capital Improvement Programs, Stormwater, and the Downtown Master Plan Development. 

Bryant joined the City following his retirement after 28 years with the Georgia Department of Transportation. Bryant began his career as a Transportation Engineer in the construction division in 1984. During his career, he worked all across the state administering the various transportation programs, including the maintenance of state highways in southern and middle Georgia and metropolitan Atlanta. He served as the Department’s State Maintenance Engineer overseeing 18,000 miles of state highways.  During this time Bryant also served as the Department’s emergency coordinator dealing with natural and manmade disasters as well as special events such as the 1996 Olympics, G-8 Summit, Y2K and 9/11 effects. 

For nearly eight years, Bryant served as the Metro District Engineer for the Department overseeing the transportation program in 6 metropolitan Atlanta counties. With his various career duties across the state, he has been the Department’s representative at official functions. He has vast experience and knowledge of working with local, state and federal government officials, elected officials, stakeholders, as well as the general public.

Bryant holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Jim Tolbert is Assistant City Manager for Planning and Neighborhood Services. As a member of the senior management team, he will oversee Community Development, Recreation and Parks, Neighborhood Outreach Services, as well as assist with strategic planning and special projects. 
Jim joins the city from Charlottesville, Va., where he served as Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development Services. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Prior to his role with the City of Charlottesville, Jim guided planning and development for the cities of Albany, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Opelika, Ala.  He was previously a director of the Albany Dougherty Planning Commission and served as City Administrator for LaFayette, Ala.  The Virginia Planning Association has recognized him for his work with awards including 2005 Implementation Award, 2007 Innovation Award and in 2014 honored with the Outstanding Plan Award.

Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Community Planning and Development from Columbus State University and earned his Master of Community Planning from Auburn University.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  

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