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Forsyth County Manager finalist announced

Candidate has over 30 years of experience

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A sole finalist has been named for the position of Forsyth County Manager.

Eric Johnson was announced July 18 as the only person the Board of Commissioners is looking at for the spot. He has 30 years of experience in county government, including 24 years in senior management roles.

For 20 years, Johnson served as a national instructor to state and local government professionals from hundreds of jurisdictions on public finance with a heavy focus on budgeting, performance measurement and service level evaluation.

He evaluated more than 250 local government budgets against best practices and taught graduate level public administration courses.

Ratification of Johnson’s employment contract with Forsyth County is anticipated at the Board of Commissioners’ August 3 meeting.

Currently, Johnson is the assistant county administrator for Hillsborough County, Florida. He’s been in that job since 2015.

He has also served Hillsborough County as director of strategic planning, management services administrator, director of management and budget and budget manager.

Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Florida and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Florida.

The county manager position has been open since the retirement of Doug Derrer in April. Derrer served in the position since 2009.

Since that time, Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt has been serving as interim county manager.


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