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May 1--  A young family man from north Georgia is the new city manager in Lyons.

Jason Hall comes from the small Walker County community of Varnell where he's been the town administrator for the last two years.  Prior to that he worked for the city of Ringgold.

{mosimage}"I was looking for a city that had a lot to offer.  I did a lot of research on Lyons and they seemed to have the city down pat.  They have a lot of good things going on and I want to be involved with a city like that," he said.

Lyons Mayor Willis NeSmith says 41 applicants applied for the job.

"He's a young fellow.  He's full of energy and is very personable.  Myself and council think he's going to do us a very good job continuing to work with the county, the city of Vidalia and the city of Santa Claus and with the Development Authority.  We just feel like we're going to do very well under him," the mayor stated.

Hall started on the job just over a week ago and is very pleased with what he had found in city government.

"A lot of things we're looking for are just little tweaks here and there.  Streamlining some processes and making it easier for citizens to call in and make our public works and police departments aware of what's going on.  And then there are some major projects I need to get on board with to help move forward," he says.

And if you need to talk with Hall, "I've always had an open door policy and I'm always going to take time to talk with citizens if they need to."

Hall and his wife Melissa have a daughter who's about to be a senior in high school and two younger boys.