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Pembroke planner resigns
Dain Reams
Dain Reams. Photo by Mark Swendra.

Pembroke’s planner has resigned to go back to school.

Dain Reams, who served the city for four years and also spent time as an intern, said in an email “to Pembroke,” that his last day working for the city was Friday.

Reams was upbeat about his decision to leave the city in the note, written to both city government officials and residents.

“When I started my internship in January 2015, I told the Mayor and City Council that I saw a great deal of potential for Pembroke: growth from Savannah, Statesboro and Fort Stewart was heading this way and it was only a matter of time. In the past four years working here, I’ve seen some of that growth - much like trees - quietly, subtly moving into the area. I am glad that I had a chance to be part of that growth. Who knows, maybe I’ll get the chance to return and be part of it again in the future, but, for the present, I’ll be glad to just watch.”

Reams said he decided to resign after talking to City Administrator Alex Floyd, who acknowledged Reams’ decision to step down was due both to his desire to go back to school to get another master’s degree and because of unspecified disagreements between Reams and unnamed council members over “the direction some of this growth has taken,” Floyd said.

Floyd said Reams position “will not be immediately re-advertised but subject to revision and possible restructuring.”

 Reams said he enjoyed his time in Pembroke.

“I’ve worked with an amazing group of people who care deeply for this city and have made coming to work seem more like working with family,” he said.

“The citizens I had the honor of serving are equally remarkable,” his statement continued. “I will always enjoy looking back at these experiences and realize how much they have helped enrich my life.”

Reams ended his statement by wishing the city and its residents well.

“Thank you for allowing me to work in your city, and I wish all the best to the city of Pembroke in the future and know that if any of you has anything that I can assist with, I hope you will feel that you can call on me. God Bless.”

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