COVINGTON — The Covington City Council unanimously approved a contract naming Scott Andrews as the new city manager during a called meeting Wednesday evening.

The city began a search for a new administrator after current City Manager Leigh Anne Knight announced her retirement in May, hiring a search firm — Strategic Government Resources — to advertise for candidates and conduct vetting and initial interviews. The council met in executive session during several called meetings for the last several weeks while they conducted interviews of the top candidates, and narrowed their search to two final candidates: Andrews and Freddy L. Morgan, who is currently the electric director for Covington.

Andrews is expected to start no later than Dec. 18. He is currently the assistant city manager for the city of Smyrna and stated in his application that he wanted to give Smyrna a 30-day notice.

Andrews has more than 16 years of municipal management experience with substantial expertise in city management, economic development, strategic planning, recreation, community engagement, conflict resolution, event execution, public relations, and capital budgeting.

Andrews has also been involved in the ethylene oxide concerns centered around the Sterigenics plant in Smyrna and stated in his answer to a questionnaire sent out by Covington that he can relate his experience with the problem in Smyrna to similar concerns residents have about the BD Bard plant in Covington.

He also has experience in establishing entertainment districts around Smyrna where the open consumption of alcohol is allowed. The Covington Council approved the first reading of an ordinance creating an entertainment district in the Square at its Wednesday meeting.

Under the terms of the contract, Andrews will receive an annual base salary of $140,000. He will receive $175 a month for cellular

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Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.