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City Administrator Rex Reynolds Announces Retirement January 1
Former Redstone Garrison Commander John Hamilton will succeed Reynolds as Mayor Battle's chief administrator

City of Huntsville (July 15, 2013)
(Huntsville, AL) - After 33 years of service to the City of Huntsville in administration, public safety and law enforcement, Rex Reynolds has announced his retirement as City Administrator, effective January 1, 2014.

Reynolds assumed the role as City Administrator in 2008 at the request of Mayor Tommy Battle. He serves as the top non-elected official in City government, with a role similar to that of a CEO.

"I want to thank Mayor Battle for the opportunity of a lifetime," said Reynolds. "To serve under his leadership has allowed me to grow as a manager."

Reynolds is one of the most respected city administrators in the field. His vast experience in government and deep connections throughout Alabama has been invaluable to the City of Huntsville.

"Rex has served this city admirably and selflessly for decades, and he has been my most trusted advisor, manager, confidant and friend," said Mayor Battle. "He deserves the joys and pleasures of a happy retirement, though I expect that will include a continually active role in public service."

Reynolds has served four mayors and seen numerous transitions and growth in Huntsville. His leadership and compassion for programs that positively impact the community include service on numerous boards and commissions including Boys and Girls Clubs, Partnership for a Drug Free Youth, United Way, Huntsville Sports Commission and Crime Stoppers. As the City's Chief of Police, he served on many state and national organizations and was regularly recognized for his outstanding contributions.

"I have been incredibly fortunate to have had an opportunity to serve this community and work alongside some outstanding co-workers," said Reynolds. "After 33 years with the City, retirement will allow me to seek new opportunities and still spend quality time with my family and young grandson."

Mayor Battle says Reynolds leaves a void that few can fill, and he is pleased to announce that he has identified the right person for the job in Colonel John Hamilton, the former Garrison Commander at Redstone Arsenal.

"The Garrison Commander's job is similar to that of a mayor's, and John Hamilton's record as a high-performing team leader is well known and respected," said Mayor Battle. "I am delighted and honored to have him join our administration and look forward to a great partnership."

Hamilton recently retired from a long and distinguished military career, having served in leadership positions where he earned extensive experience in logistics, planning and operations. As Garrison Commander, a role he assumed in 2010, Hamilton led the Arsenal through a challenging growth period stemming from the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. He worked closely with all aspects of the Garrison including human resources, recreation, plans, public works, emergency services, mobilization and security, and family and morale welfare - all departments with roles similar to those within the City of Huntsville.

Hamilton says the City Administrator position offers exactly what he was looking for in a post-military career, which is the ability to continue to serve.

"I look forward to the opportunity to have an impact on this community, to fight every day to improve people's quality-of-life and grow this city in a smart way," said Hamilton. "While I still have much to learn about the city, my work in the Army has afforded me a broad-range of experiences leading teams around the world, and I look forward to bringing those experiences to the team. Ultimately, it's about truly listening to the needs of the community, caring for the municipal staff that delivers those valuable services, and being smart about where we apply our limited resources. I look forward to that challenge."

To facilitate a smooth transition, Hamilton will begin working with the City under contract later this year and will assume the office of City Administrator when Reynolds departs the first of January.


For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov

Biography for Col. John Hamilton
Colonel John S. Hamilton is from Tallahassee, Florida. He entered active duty as a second lieutenant in August 1990 following commissioning through The Reserve Officer Training Corps at Florida State University. COL Hamilton served as Garrison Commander of the US Army Garrison-Redstone from Oct. 15, 2010 through July 11, 2013.

His previous assignments include: platoon leader positions in the 407th Supply and Transport Battalion and the 782nd Main Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; Aide-de-Camp at the Defense Personnel Support Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; General Supply Officer in 1st Armored Division (Bad Kreuznach, Germany); Company Commander in the 123rd Main Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division (Dexheim, Germany); Division Parachute Officer, Support Operations Officer, and Executive Officer in the 782nd Main Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; Logistics Plans Officer (J4), Joint Special Operations Command; Battalion Commander, 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division; and Assistant XO to the Commanding General, Army Materiel Command. His operational deployments include Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR (1996), Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (2002, 2005), and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (2003-04, 2006-07).

Colonel Hamilton's education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Florida State University, a Master of Science in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University. His military education and training includes Command and General Staff Officer Course, Logistics Executive Development Course, Support Operations Course, Jumpmaster Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Aerial Delivery and Materiel Officer Course, Ranger Course, and Quartermaster Officer Basic Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Rigger Badge, and German Parachutist Badge.

Colonel Hamilton and his wife, Melinda, have two children, Walker (12) and Rebekah (10).

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