The first county manager under Barrow County’s new form of government likely will be Jock Connell, the former county administrator for Gwinnett County and current consultant for Hall County.
Connell was the top choice of a selection committee comprised of Barrow County’s six district commissioners and incoming Barrow County Board of Commissioners chairperson, Pat Graham, and the committee has directed Human Resources director Charlie Felts to enter into negotiations of the compensation package.
Nov. 27 was the deadline for the release of the names of the top candidates for the position. But the only remaining finalist withdrew his name Monday, and his identity is not being released.
Connell has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Georgia and after initial stints at insurance companies, joined Gwinnett County’s government in 1986. He worked there for 23 years, the final five as county administrator. He resigned in 2009 and after working briefly for a private company was hired as the interim county administrator for Hall County.
Pending the outcome of the salary negotiations, the BOC is scheduled to vote to approve the appointment on Dec. 11. The new county-manager form of government begins Jan. 1.