By Leah Banks —
On Mar. 3, the Peachtree City Council announced the retirement of city manager Jonathan Rorie during the city council meeting Thursday night. His official retirement is on April 29.
After over a decade of working for Peachtree City, Rorie has chosen to become the city manager in Camden, S.C.
“I came to Peachtree City in 2011 with the plan to stay for five years and then return back to NC, but in 2015 I was promoted to City Manager. Once promoted I felt obligated to serve at least a few years instead of just leaving after a short tenure. After service here for ten years, my goal is to get closer to my hometown to finish out the last 10+ years of my career,” said Jonathan Rorie.
Peachtree City Mayor Kim Learnard spoke highly of Rorie, highlighting his knowledge base as well as her wishes as he transitions to this new position.
“Jon Rorie has been City Manager of Peachtree City since November of 2015. We are losing vast institutional knowledge as well as a good friend. We wish Jon and his family all the very best in the next chapter of their lives,” said Peachtree City Mayor Kim Learnard.
His new journey takes him to a northeastern South Carolina city in Kershaw County. Camden is known for its history, tourism, and subtlety. It is a community of slightly more than 7,200 people and is 34 miles east of Columbia, S.C.
Rorie is not known to shy away from community impact. He had worked in fire service occupations, which includes being the fire chief, in North Carolina for 24 years before moving to Peachtree City.
He has worked with the city since December 2011. His position was being the head of Community Services Division and Public Services Division until he was selected as interim City Manager in May 2015 after the retirement of City Manager Jim Pennington.
Rorie was then delegated full-time city manager on Nov. 19, 2015, by unanimous vote of the city council.
His responsibilities were mainly focused on the Community Service Division, which included planning and zoning, the library, recreation, special events, and the building department.
His guidance of the Public Service Division included the duty toward buildings and grounds, engineering, stormwater, streets and cart paths, and the city’s vehicle fleet.