Former Town of Franklin employee Mike Decker has recently moved to county work, after more than a decade of service to the town.
With Wilma Anderson stepping down at the end of the month as Macon County’s Human Resources Director and Deputy Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, Decker will step in to take on her duties.
“Let’s make it real clear, I’m not replacing Wilma,” said Decker. “Nobody could. I’m just going to try to fill the position.”
The news of Decker’s transfer between government agencies was announced at last week’s Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, in which Mayor Joe Collins said the town was “deeply appreciative” of his work.
Decker worked for the Town of Franklin for 11 years as assistant manager. The town is currently in the process of reorganizing its administration, and is looking for a new full-time manager to replace interim manager Sam Greenwood.
Before working for the town, Decker had already worked for the county for seven years as the County Planner and Special Projects Coordinator. “It’s kind of like coming home,” he said of his return to the county.
Tuesday was Decker’s first full day on the job. According to Decker, the Town of Franklin offered him a position as their Human Resources Director after the Board of Aldermen decided to eliminate the assistant manager position, but when the county position came available, he decided that it would be a good opportunity to go back to the county, and it would also be a change of pace.
Decker said that the major difference between working with the town and the county was the wider perspective that county work entailed.
Despite his familiarity with county business, Decker said he still has a lot to learn.
“The learning curve is pretty steep,” he said, adding that he was grateful that Anderson was available to help him during the transition.
A retirement reception will be held for Anderson after 36 years of service on Tuesday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 102 at the Courthouse Annex of Southwestern Community College.