City Manager

City of Camilla
30 E. Broad Street ~ P.O. Box 328
Camilla, Georgia 31730
Phone: (229) 330-2301 ~ Fax: (229) 336-2224

City Manager:
Steve Sykes

The City of Camilla operates under a council-manager form of local government that combines the political leadership of an elected Mayor and Council with the managerial experience of an appointed City Manager. As chief administrative officer, the City Manager is directly responsible for the efficient administration of all city departments. The duties and powers of the City Manager include but are not limited to enforcing all laws and ordinances; appointing/dismissing department heads; recommending ordinances, resolutions, and regulations for efficient operations; preparing the annual budget; keeping the Mayor and Council fully advised of city affairs; and other such duties as required by ordinance or resolution of the Mayor and Council.

To fulfill these duties, the City Manager is assisted by an organization of fourteen city departments. The talent and skills of approximately 100 city employees are under the direction of ten department heads appointed by and responsible to the City Manager. As a full service city, this team of employees, under the leadership of the City Manager, are ultimately responsible for ensuring goals are achieved in the most efficient and cost-effective way for the citizens of Camilla.

Steve Sykes is the
City Manager for the City of Camilla, Georgia and responsible for all city governmental and utility services. He has been with the City of Camilla since January 2018 after retiring from the City of Thomasville with 30 years of service. He has spent his entire professional career of 33 years working in local government as a professional civil engineer, a director of utilities, and in the role of chief executive for the past 16 years.

He is a registered professional engineer and holds a degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Southern College of Technology in Marietta, and a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Florida State University.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia, having served as a board member for 17 years. He also served on the Georgia Water Planning Council for the Lower Flint-Ochlockonee Region. Since 2017, Steve has been working with the Georgia delegation of the Floridan Aquifer Collaborative Engagement for Sustainability (FACETS) group through the Georgia Water Planning and Policy Center. He is also a member of the Camilla Rotary Club.
Drawing on his vast municipal government and engineering background, Steve brings a wealth of experience in intergovernmental cooperation, financial management, and economic development through capital and redevelopment programs and innovative technology services.