City Manager Isaiah Hugley will nominate Assistant Human Resources Director Reather Hollowell to replace her former boss, ex-director Tom Barron, who recently retired.
Hugley informed Columbus Councilors Tuesday morning that he intends to bring Hollowell’s name forth for their approval.
“Though we went through our typical notice and application process, Reather stood out among many good candidates as the one who can provide continuity, stability, progress and improvement,” Hugley said. “We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber and experience within our ranks.”
Hollowell joined the Consolidated Government in 1986 and has served as Affirmative Action Administrator and EEO Compliance officer since 1986.She has a Master of Science in human resources management from Troy University, a Bachelor of Science in political science from Columbus State University and an associate degree in accounting from Chattahoochee Valley Community College.
As assistant director of the department, Hollowell has continued to oversee the Affirmative Action and EEO Compliance programs, along with employee relations, recruiting and training functions.
Hollowell is currently serving as the interim director and would officially start in her new position upon confirmation by the council.
If approved, Hollowell would be the second in-house promotion to a department head position, after Greg Coates of Inspections and Codes, since Tomlinson took office in January 2011.
The city has hired six department heads since then, Coates, Pat Biegler (Public Works), Ross Horner (Civic Center), Dwight Hamrick (County Prison), Amy Carbajal (Community Reinvestment) and James Worsley (Parks and Recreation).
Hollowell would also be the third African-American department head, after Coates and Worsley, to be hired in that time, and the third woman, behind Biegler and Carbajal.