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Commissioners approve six-figure leadership contracts, Connell and assistants

Open-ended, six-figure contracts with county administration were unanimously approved by the Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday.

Contracts for Administrator Jock Connell and two assistant administrators, Marty Nix and Lisa Johnsa, totaling more than $450,000 each year in compensation were approved as part of the commission’s consent agenda — a group of items approved as a whole and without specific comment during the voting meeting.

Connell and Johnsa are new to permanent county employment, but have been working since late 2017 on an interim basis, and both similarly filled in for stints in 2011. Both are former administrators for Gwinnett County government.

Connell will be paid $183,574 annually, while Nix will be paid $139,374 and Johnsa $133,120. Nix has worked as an assistant administrator for Hall since 2011. Since September 2017, he’s focused on county special projects while Johnsa has managed day-to-day operations of the county.

They were welcomed into their permanent positions by commissioners on Thursday. Commissioner Scott Gibbs said he was grateful for the administrative team, while Commission Chairman Richard Higgins gave a forward-looking statement for 2018 that included high praise for the permanent group.

“I cannot begin to express how fortunate we are to have Jock, Marty and Lisa as our leadership team,” Higgins said. “They are an incredible asset to this county as administrators, and I would like to reiterate my support for their leadership.”

Included in his statement was a request that the commission let those three do their jobs.

“I also want to encourage my fellow commissioners to continue to allow the three of them to oversee the day-to-day operations of the county so that we as commissioners can fulfill our commitment to our constituents to ensure policy decisions are made thoughtfully and with the best interest of our citizens in mind,” Higgins said.

Contracts for the three leaders were hammered out in December and signed on Thursday.

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