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Tom Patton, County Administrator,
Resume submitted to Decatur County Georgia

Tommy L Patton
225 Woodland Circle
Cornelia, Georgia 30531

A responsible, challenging County Manager position where my skills and experience can benefit the County Professional Profile Accomplished executive with over 30 years demonstrated history of success in a wide variety of performance oriented executive positions with increasing responsibility, culminating in selection as Chief of Staff of a Marine Aircraft Wing with worldwide operations. For the past three years managed the City of Cornelia, Georgia through a high growth period as its City Manager. Broad base of demonstrated transferable skills, with a proven track record in each discipline, and a passion for responsibility and accountability. A recognized problem-solver with a solid background in economic development/revitalization, planning/zoning, logistics, maintenance, and operational management and in leading cross-functional improvement initiatives along with cost, schedule, and performance analysis. Unsurpassed attention to detail and span of control capabilities with a proven ability to turn projects around that are behind schedule and over budget. Highly adept at management of limited resources in the face of budgetary constraints. A proven creative/forward, strategic thinker and organizational innovator with exceptional people skills; comfortable motivating and supervising culturally diverse work forces and interfacing with the media. A published writer and versatile combat-decorated Marine Corps Colonel with a strong sense of vision, purpose, and direction. Relevant areas of knowledge and skills are:

Leadership, Budget Management, Operations, Strategic Planning, Growth Management, Team Building, Organizational Development, Economic Development, Governmental Planning/Zoning, Cost Controls/Reductions, Grant Writing/Monitoring, International Relations, Fiscal Responsibility, Staff Supervision/DevelopmentInformation Technology

Selected Professional Accomplishments
  • Developed a solid economic development and revitalization plan for the City of Cornelia, Georgia, resulting in the growth of three current global industries and the addition of over 50 new businesses to include: Lowes, Super Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and several smaller industrial based businesses. Secured over $6 million in Federal/State Grants in support of this economic development.
  • Designed and implemented a model for downsizing 12,000 line and staff personnel from the workforce while increasing overall efficiency by 15% by restructuring, outsourcing, and standardizing procedures.
  • Devised and directed major productivity improvement programs in the maintenance and supply-chain divisions of a large organization with world wide operations; reduced operating expense by 9% and increased productivity by 15% while reducing production time by 30%.
  • Developed a disaster management plan and led a Crisis Action Center in preparations for and recovery from four major hurricanes. Coordinated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Local/State agencies in providing air search and rescue, ground search and rescue, heavy equipment and personnel for community clean up, medical teams, food services, shelter and generator power for local government services and hospitals.

Professional Experience (previous Ten Years)

City Manager 2003 to Present
City of Cornelia Cornelia, Georgia
Implements policy decisions from the elected officials and manages the daily affairs of the City with a staff of 80 city employees. Planned and implemented major infrastructure improvements to include: new state-of-the-art water plant, major waste water treatment plant upgrades, and all new city water lines. Successfully managing growth in one of the fastest growing regions of Georgia. Accomplished a complete rewrite of city ordinances and zoning regulations in order to deal with the unbridled growth in the region. Through sound economic development planning increased the city's tax base (revenues) while reducing the millage rate of property owners. Established and implemented a beatification and revitalization plan for downtown that is bringing new restaurants and businesses back to downtown.

Military Consultant 2001 to 2003
Self-Employed Consultant. Provided expert support to the Military Services and Department of Defense on matters of National Security.

Chief of Staff 2000 to 2001
Second Marine Aircraft Wing Cherry Point, NC
Executive Vice President Equivalent. Top echelon decision-maker. Directed a staff of over 300, providing day-to-day leadership and oversight for a multi-state organization with 14,000 personnel, 457 aircraft, $440 million dollar budget, and worldwide operations. Developed strategic financial plans with department heads and managed a $45 million dollar general management account. Responsible for formulating, implementing and managing all aspects of internal organization policy. Chief spokesperson for the organization, promoting the organization worldwide to other services, congressional delegations, state and local governments, the press, related associations and the public.

Assistant Chief of Staff of Operations 1999 to 2000
Second Marine Aircraft Wing Cherry Point, NC
Chief Operating Officer equivalent. Directed safe, effective, efficient aviation operations worldwide. Developed strategic long range and short-term operational plans and goals for the organization. Developed and applied an annual operating budget in excess of $280 million dollars. Exceeded organizational productivity goals by 10% while maintaining 98.6% personnel and 91.5% equipment training and operational readiness rates; highest in the Marine Corps. Directed aircraft operations that flew in excess of 110,000 flight hours, the best operational flight record achieved since 1993. Led Military support efforts to regional local municipalities following devastating flooding in Eastern North Carolina. Increased operations department staff productivity and technical ability by 15% through effective training.

Commanding Officer 1997 to 1999
Marine Aircraft Group 29 New River, NC
Chief Executive Officer equivalent. Directed a staff of over 120, providing leadership for an organization with 3,000 personnel, 104 aircraft, with worldwide operations. Developed and directed budget execution for a $65 million dollar annual budget. Exceeded all forecast yearly goals by 10% for two consecutive years with mid-year budget reductions totaling $26 million dollars. Cut disposal of hazardous materials by 50% by implementing new ordering and storage procedures, saving over $50,000 dollars annually. Coordinated a technology advisory group to define information technology requirements and guided implementation across the organization. Established an innovative operational risk management program resulting in zero workplace accidents/zero man-days lost and no loss of life or aircraft in a high-risk environment, including combat operations in Kosova.

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff of Operations 1995 to 1997
Marine Forces Atlantic/Second Marine expeditionary Force Camp Lejeune, NC
Executive Vice President, Operations equivalent. Principle aviation advisor to the Commanding General. Provided expert advice to the Commanding General for successful employment of Marine Aviation forces worldwide to include combat operations in the Balkans and evacuation of American/Foreign Nationals from two war torn African nations. Developed strategy and built supporting strategic plans for employment of U.S. Marine forces worldwide. Developed a crisis management plan and led a Crisis Action Center in preparations for and recovery from two direct hits by hurricanes; coordinated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local/state agencies in providing air search and rescue, ground search and rescue, heavy equipment and personnel for debris removal, medical teams and generator power for area hospitals. As Second Marine Expeditionary Force Warfighting Chief of Staff provided Marine Corps expertise to regional Commander in Chiefs in development of Operational War Plans.

Student 1994 to 1995
Air War College Montgomery, AL
Top-level training and education for Senior Leadership in the Department of Defense. Curriculum focused on strategic planning and strategy development at the International level. Masters Degree equivalent in International Relations. Student in Foreign Studies/Travel Program, emphasis on China.

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Aviation Manpower and Support 1993 to 1994
Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps Washington, DC
Executive Vice President, Administration equivalent. Directed and coordinated day-to-day operations for all Marine Corps aviation manpower and support issues. Responsible for developing long range plans for recruitment, training, and retainment of 48,000 personnel to fill over 140 high-tech aviation related job skills. Implemented an innovative software program to track students through individual training pipelines resulting in decreased bottlenecks and reducing the time-to-train by an average of three weeks with an estimated annual savings of $3.5 million dollars.

Commanding Officer 1991 to 1993
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162 New River, NC
Chief Executive Officer equivalent. Directed all personnel, logistics, flight and aircraft operations of an organization with 600.