A second assistant administrator has been hired for Hall County government: Lisa Johnsa, who will start in the role on an interim basis Oct. 9.
Johnsa, who lives in Flowery Branch, worked for 30 years with Gwinnett County in finance and administration. She’s filled in for Hall County before in 2011 as an interim finance director.
Current Hall County Interim Administrator Jock Connell also spent his career working for Gwinnett County. He and Johnsa worked for Hall County at the same time in 2011, Connell as interim administrator and Johnsa as interim finance director.
“She’s a very energetic person,” said Scott Gibbs, a Hall County commissioner, at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. “She doesn’t let any grass grow under her feet.”
When former Hall Administrator Randy Knighton announced his resignation in August, Commission Chairman Richard Higgins said the board was weighing adding another assistant county administrator to lighten the load for Connell and Assistant Administrator Marty Nix.
“It’s been something that’s been talked about for a number of years now,” said Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley. “Once Jock stepped in, things started moving pretty quickly.”
Nix will manage large county projects and construction, Crumley said, and Johnsa will manage the day-to-day operations of the county.
“Marty is spending 95 percent of his day (on projects),” Gibbs said, noting the county was working on a large number of infrastructure projects at the same time. “We’ve got about $30 million going today. The list just goes on and on. He didn’t have any time to help Randy on anything else.”
Nix said it “seems it’s the time, with all the growth coming into the county” to add the second assistant.
County administration and commissioners will decide in the coming months whether to make the Johnsa’s position permanent, according to Nix and Gibbs.
“She taught me a lot, and she’s very, very qualified,” Nix said.
Johnsa will earn $67 an hour and work Monday to Thursday and “as needed” on Friday, according to the employment contract included in the meeting agenda. Johnsa will also receive a $230 vehicle stipend per pay period. Nix said the vehicle stipend is standard for county administration.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said commissioners will vote on Johnsa's contract on Thursday, but the county administrator has hiring authority and has already hired Johnsa, according to Crumley.