Beloved City Manager Passes Away at 54

Tom Hall, who served as City Manager of LaGrange since 1994, died yesterday at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange after a brief time of illness. He was 54.

In announcing the death, Mayor Jim Thornton said, “Tom Hall was a wonderful human being and a tireless worker on behalf of the citizens of LaGrange. His tenure oversaw remarkable growth and progress for the city.”

The Mayor continued “Anyone who had the chance to work with Tom knew how very good he was at his job and how incredibly passionate he was about the city. His reputation as one of the best in the business was well known throughout Georgia and beyond.”

Longtime Chief of Public Safety Lou Dekmar said, “Tom and I worked together for 25 years. He was an extraordinarily talented leader as a city manager, a caring and committed husband and father, and my friend.”

Chief Dekmar added, “Tom’s dedication to public service was the gold standard by which we measured ourselves as city employees and department heads. I will miss his leadership and friendship.”

Deputy City Manager Meg Kelsey said, “Tom cared deeply about the City of LaGrange and all of the employees that worked here. I hold a deep admiration for him as a person and a mentor. There will be a void left at the City that can never be truly replaced. My prayers are with his family.”

Tom Hall is survived by his wife Gina and their two children, Dylan and Cassidy. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later this week.

Deputy City Manager Kelsey has been named Acting City Manager by the Mayor and Council until such a time a successor City Manager can be selected and appointed.

For further information please contact Sue Olson at 706-883-2010 or solson@lagrangega.org