City of Decatur’s Google Fiber liaison is resigning

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 1, 2016
Decatur City officials celebrate the news about Google Fiber. Lena Stevens is pictured in the center of this photo. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur City officials celebrate the news about Google Fiber. Lena Stevens is pictured in the center of this photo. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated. 

The city of Decatur’s point person on the Google Fiber project is leaving the city.

Lena Stevens, a project manager for the city of Decatur who has been the city’s liaison with Google, has announced her resignation. Assistant City Manager of Public Works David Junger said her last day will be Nov. 15.

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Attempts to reach Stevens have been unsuccessful.

City Manager Peggy Merriss said Stevens is resigning for personal reasons and praised her work for the city.

“Ms. Stevens has been an outstanding member of the City of Decatur team,” Merriss said. “Her skills, knowledge, creativity, ethics and dedication to work have made amazing contributions to the organization and to the Decatur community. She will be missed. In the near future, David Junger and I will be determining a strategy for filling the vacant position.”

Junger said her work on the Google Fiber project will be handled by someone in the city’s Design, Environment and Construction Division.

Stevens has been with the city since 2008, starting out as a Local Government Management Fellow and working her way up to Project Manager, a title she’s held since 2013.

As the Fiber project liaison, she’s been tasked with keeping track of the project and giving the city regular updates about the project’s progress in the city. To date, Fiber is not yet available in the city of Decatur. In the last few weeks, Google Fiber has laid off some of its staff and has scaled back plans for high speed internet in 10 cities. The company says its plans for Atlanta are unaffected and everything is still a go.

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