“I want to change the culture for the good of the people who work at city hall, and residents of the city,” said Marathon City Manager Chuck Lindsey.

To that end, the City of Marathon has created a new umbrella — growth management — to oversee building, planning and code departments.

“This is all about finding efficiencies to offer better customer service,” said City Manager Chuck Lindsey.

The changes, he said, will take about six months and affect about 20 employees.

George Garrett remains as Director of Planning. Doug Lewis has been named the head of growth management. Immediately following Hurricane Irma, Lewis managed the debris pickup in Marathon on behalf of Grubbs Emergency Services.

“For me, this is a bucket list job in a bucket list town — to be able to combine something I’ve always wanted to do, with somewhere I’ve always wanted to live,” said Lewis. With 30 years in the building and development side of things, Lewis said he’s always longed for a chance “on the other side of the table.” He said, “I’ve been coming to Marathon since I was a small child. I have a connection and a love for Marathon.”

“I am excited to have Doug on board. He really impressed me (after Hurricane Irma). He is a ‘process person’ and that’s what we need right now,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey said he imagines better communication among the three departments regarding projects within city limits. For instance, a new home under construction may need attention from more than one department. He said this move will streamline the process.

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