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Smyrna city administrator resigns, police chief to serve as interim

By Kristal Dixon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga

The city of Smyrna is in the market for a new city administrator.

Tammi Saddler Jones resigned from the position on Tuesday, spokeswoman Jennifer Bennett said. The City Council named Police Chief Joe Bennett Smyrna’s interim city administrator, she said.

Bennett will be sworn in to the position on Wednesday. While Bennett is interim city administrator, Deputy Police Chief Robert Harvey will serve as acting police chief, Jennifer Bennett said.

Jones served as assistant city administrator for Smyrna from December 2009 to April 2017 and was named city administrator in May 2017.

According to a cached version of the city’s website, Jones was the assistant town manager for Berlin, Connecticut, from 2006 to 2009 and served for six years as the assistant to the city administrator in League City, Texas. She has a master’s degree in public administration from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Tougaloo College.

Bennett was appointed Smyrna’s new police chief in February. He replaced former chief David Lee, who retired after more than 30 years in law enforcement.

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