Haney named new Chickamauga city manager

Haney named new Chickamauga city manager

September 11th, 2013 by Katie Ward in Local Regional News

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Chickamauga City Police Chief Micheal Haney is taking on a new role as the city's manager.

The City Council voted him in Sept. 3, per retiring City Manager John Culpepper's request. Culpepper has held the post for about 40 years.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to become city manager," said Haney, who has been serving as assistant city manager for one year. "I've always had John to lean on. He will stay on as an advisor to answer questions. It's a new experience."

Haney has served in law enforcement for almost 18 years, first in state corrections, with the last 16 years spent working for the city of Chickamauga. He was named police chief six years ago.

"I grew up in Chickamauga," said the Gordon Lee Memorial High School graduate. "As city manager I will work on finances such as the budget and basic operations and attend meetings."

Culpepper is officially hanging up his city manager hat Sept. 27.

"Over the years I've moved from a patrol officer to a supervisor to a chief position," said Haney. "I learned the ins and outs to operating the city. There will be a new chief of police named at a later date."