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Board of Commissioners' and Administration profiles can be found here.
Carden, Mary R.
Fuller, C. Andrew
Gosselin, Kathlene F.
Jolliff, Cliff L.
Laine, Patty Walters
Oliver, Bonnie C.
Rearden, Kenneth M.
Wynne, Charles S.
Superior and State Court Clerk
Charles Baker has been employed for over 36 years in the Clerk's Office and is in his second term as elected Clerk of Court. The Clerk of Superior and State Court administers the proper registration and retention of official documents. Included are Civil and Criminal proceedings, Adoption records, Real estate, Personal property transactions, Board of Equalization and various other vital records including the General Execution Docket, Trade Names, Limited/General Partnerships, Appeal Records, and Notary Public.
State Court Judge
Larry Baldwin earned his B.A. in Accounting from Florida State University, and his law degree from the Emory University School of Law. Following 3 years of private practice, he accepted the position of Assistant Solicitor for Hall County in 1998 and was appointed Chief Assistant Solicitor the following year. In 2004 he became Hall County's General Solicitor for State Court, and was appointed State Court Judge in 2008.
He is the vice president of the board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County and was chosen as the Gainesville Jaycees' 2008 Young Man of the Year. Larry is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Gainesville First Baptist Church, Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, the Hall County Republican Party, and the board of the Gateway Domestic Violence Center.
Baldwin and his wife, Elisabeth, have twin daughters and live in Murrayville.
Juvenile Court Judge
Judge Carden is from Cedartown, Georgia, but has lived in Hall County since 1978. She received her law degree from the Lumpkin Law School, University of Georgia in 1975. She received a BA in History and Political Science with honors from Georgia College (now Georgia College and State University) in 1972. She was the Outstanding History Major in 1972.
Judge Carden became a part time associate judge of the Hall County Juvenile Court in 1997, and served in that capacity until 2004 when she was appointed as a full time Juvenile Court Judge for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Prior to becoming judge, she served as an attorney with Georgia Legal Services first in Savannah area and then in Gainesville area for ten (10) years. Later she spent twelve (12) years in private practice with the firm of Deal and Jarrard, which during her tenure, merged with another firm to become Carey, Jarrard and Walker. While serving as part time juvenile judge, Judge Carden maintained a private practice largely limited to Mediation.
Judge Carden is a former President of the Gainesville Northeastern Circuit Bar Association (1992-1993). She also was awarded the Judge A. R. Kenyon Award by the Bar Association in 2005, recognizing her commitment to the integrity of the legal profession. She is a member of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges serving as Chair of the Mental Health, Developmental Disability and Addictive Disease Committee, and she is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judge Carden also served as chair of the Younger Lawyers Section, Juvenile Law and Court Study Committee in 1980 until 1982, and received the State Bar Younger Lawyer's Section Outstanding Service Award in 1981. Judge Carden has also served on the Board of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).
Judge Carden's civic activities have included serving on the Northeastern Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force 1997-2007, including serving as chair from 1998 to 2000; being a board member, Eagle Boy's Ranch 1988-1992; being a board member and chair of the board for Girls' Inc. 1986-1990, and serving as board member and chair, Georgia Advocacy 1980-1984. Judge Carden is a life long Presbyterian and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville where she has served as an elder (2002-2004) and as deacon (1998-2000). Judge Carden has also served on a number of multi church projects. Since 2004 she has served as the coordinator for the Safe Havens Foster Care Initiative to initiate and maintain supervised foster care visitation programs in northeast Georgia Presbyterian churches.
Judge Carden has been married to her husband Ed, a retired architectural engineer, since 1976, and she has two grown children, Stewart and Lauren.
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Hall County Sheriff
Elected as Sheriff in 2012, Gerald is a veteran law enforcement professional. He joined the Hall County Sheriff's Office in 1981 and served in the ranks of Jailer, Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, Investigator, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Before returning to Hall County, Gerald served as the Major of the Gainesville Police Department.
In his law enforcement career, Gerald has completed more than 3,000 hours of advanced law enforcement training and education, including supervision and management, Chief Executive Training, Police Manpower Allocation, Budget Administration, Departmental Organization, Employee Selection Process and Promotional Systems, Leadership/Management Role of the Chief Executive Officer and Employee Performance & Discipline.
Gerald is very active in the community and currently is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville. Gerald is a strong advocate for victims of crime and has served on the Board of Directors for Rape Response for 11 years. Gerald is also a member of the Georgia Sheriff's Association and the National Sheriff's Association.
Gerald enjoys travel, hiking, kayaking and studying history. A native of Hall County, Gerald and his wife Sharon live in the Cool Springs community.
Public Information Officer
Katie Crumley joined Hall County government in 2012 as Public Information Officer. She provides information to members of the media and educates Hall County residents about their government through TV18 and the county website.
Ms. Crumley is a 2003 graduate of Gainesville High School and earned her journalism degree at the University of Oklahoma. She is married to Nathan Crumley of Gainesville.
Lee Darragh was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Office of District Attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit - Hall County and Dawson County - and took office on August 31, 2005. The voters of the circuit then elected him to his first full term as D.A. beginning January of 2007. Darragh has been a felony prosecutor since 1979. Prior to becoming District Attorney (DA), Darragh served as Chief Assistant DA for Former DAs Jason Deal and C. Andrew Fuller, and as an Assistant DA for former DA Bruce Udolph. He also served as both Chief Assistant DA and Chief Trial Assistant DA for former DA Lydia Sartain.
Darragh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1974 from Georgia State University and his Law degree in 1978 from the University of Georgia School of Law. He spent his first year out of law school in private practice, afterwards joining the DA's Office in Savannah, GA as a felony prosecutor for 6 years. Darragh began prosecuting in this judicial circuit in May of 1986.
Darragh is a member of the Georgia District Attorneys' Association, the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation, the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He represents the State of Georgia as a director on the Board of the National District Attorney's Association. He is also professionally involved locally as a member of the Board of Directors of the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children, as a member of the Hall County Commission on Children and Families, and the Child Abuse Protocol Committee. He is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, and of the Republican Party in both Hall and Dawson Counties.
Lee and his wife Marlyn were married in 1973, and have lived in Hall County since 1988. They have two daughters and a son, all of whom graduated from North Hall High School, and have one grandchild. The Darraghs are active members of Lakewood Baptist Church.
Warden, Correctional Institute
Warden Davis joined Hall County Government in 2013. He is a native of north Georgia. Prior to his appointment as Warden, he spent almost 30 years with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. During his career with the Parole Board he held a number of positions, including Parole Officer, Hearing Officer, Assistant Division Director, Data Services Administrator and Clemency Division Director.
Warden Davis holds a bachelor's degree from Mercer University and a master's degree in Justice Administration from Columbus State University.
Superior Court Judge
Judge Jason Deal has served as a Superior Court Judge for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit since June, 2005. He is the presiding judge of the Hall County Drug Court and the Dawson County Treatment Court. Previously Deal served as the District Attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, Magistrate Judge of the Hall County Magistrate Court, Assistant District Attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, County Attorney for Dawson County, and as an associate with the law firm of Thompson, Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKennon. Deal received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and his Bachelors of Science degree from Furman University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. Deal was raised in Hall County and graduated from North Hall High School.
Judge Deal is the former chairman of the Edmonson Telford Center for Children. He is also active with the Council of Superior Court Judges serving on several committees. Deal is married to Denise Fallin Deal and they have three children. They live in northern Hall County and attend First Baptist Church.
Darla Eden has been a CPA since 1991 with extensive experience in tax, auditing, and financial services. Darla was elected Hall County Tax Commissioner in 2012 and is utilizing her previous experience with Hall County, where she served as an outside independent auditor and Finance Director. Darla earned her BA in Accounting from North Georgia College and State University.
Darla currently serves on the board and is chair-elect of Junior Achievement, which supports education, economic workforce development and financial literacy for young people in northeast Georgia. She also enjoys serving on the council for the Georgia Society of CPAs. She is a founding member of WomenSource, a nonprofit organization that empowers women with personal and professional resources. She is also a new member of the Georgia Association of Tax Officials and Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia. She previously served on the associate board of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross Board of Directors and served as treasurer for Lanier Canoe 2003, Inc.
Reggie Forrester is Court Administrator for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit serving Hall and Dawson Counties. From January to March 2006, he worked as interim Operations Manager for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit before his appointment as Court Administrator.
Mr. Forrester has extensive experience in the public sector, having served as Hall County Administrator from 1995 to 1999, Public Safety Director from 1985 to 1995, District Court Administrator from 1982 to 1985, Correctional Institute Warden from 1979 to 1982, and Investigator for the D.A.'s Office from 1976 to 1977.
A graduate of Gainesville College (Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice) and North Georgia College (Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Mr. Forrester also earned a Certificate of Public Management in 1987 from UGA's Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
He is married to Vivian Freeman Forrester, and has a daughter and son-in-law, Betsy and Billy Skaggs, and two grandchildren. A licensed private pilot, Mr. Forrester's interests also include hot-rod and antique cars and Cushman motor scooters.
Chief Superior Court Judge
Judge C. Andrew Fuller is a native of Hall County. He is married to Gay and has two daughters, Carolyn and Michelle. He and his family attend the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. After receiving a Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia, he received his Juris Doctor in June 1980 from Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Judge Fuller has been a Superior Court Judge for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit since July of 1993. He is currently presiding as the Chief Judge for the Circuit. From January 1987 to July 1993 he served as the District Attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, then serving Hall, Dawson, White and Lumpkin Counties. From January 1982 to December 1986 he was in private practice in Gainesville, Georgia.
Judge Fuller is a member of the Council of Superior Court Judges' Association where he serves on the Council's Legislation Committee, Budget Committee and the Compensation and Retirement Committee. He is a member of Gainesville Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce for Hall and Dawson Counties, and is a member of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit Bar Association. Judge Fuller formerly served on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Indigent Defense Council and as Administrative Judge for the Ninth Judicial District.
Superior Court Judge
Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is married to Bill Galardi and they have four children between them. Judge Gosselin and her family attend Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville, Georgia. In 1976 she graduated with high honors from Southern Illinois University. In 1980 she was awarded her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Chicago Law School. The same year she was admitted into the Georgia Bar.
From 1981 - 1986 she was a partner in the law firm of Fockele and Gosselin. Her area of concentration was in criminal, domestic and juvenile work. From 1987 - 1998 she was the State Court Judge of Hall County. She was elected in 1986 and re-elected without opposition in 1990 and 1994. In 1998 she became Judge of Superior Courts for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit and was unopposed in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections.
She has been a part of the following civic and professional activities: Gateway House, President from 1983 - 1985; Leadership Hall County; Board of Directors; League of Women Voters; Member of Rotary Club; Board of Directors for Gainesville Community Foundation; Task Force Leader in the Georgia Courts Futures Project; Member of Governor's Commission on Family Violence; Leadership Georgia Class of 1993; Chair of the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Gender Equity; Member of Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Equality; Member of Georgia Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission; Former President of the Council of State Judges; current Secretary/Treasurer of the Council of Superior Court Judges (2008-2009) and advisory board of Good News Clinics.
Hall County Building Maintenance
Brett Jockell has been Superintendent and Director of Hall County
Building Maintenance since 1997, and is responsible for the maintenance
and repairs of Hall County facilities and plant systems.
In 1987, he was employed by the City of Gainesville as Crew Chief
of the Georgia Mountains Center where he led the GMC crews on various
facility maintenance tasks as well as the day-to-day operation of
the facility function.
Brett was promoted to Operations Manager of the Georgia Mountains
Center in 1992, where he was in charge of all aspects of facility
maintenance, plant systems, and operations.
Juvenile Court Judge
Judge Jolliff is from St. Petersburg Florida, and has lived in Gainesville since 1980. He received his law degree from Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University in 1978. He received a BA with honors in Philosophy from the University of Florida in 1975. He attended Oxford College of Emory University and obtained an A. A. degree in 1973.
In 1992, Judge Jolliff was appointed by the superior court judges of the circuit to be the first full time circuit wide juvenile court judge. Previously, he served as the part time judge for Hall County Juvenile Court from December 1990 until his appointment to the circuit wide post in August of 1992. Between 1978 and 1992 he was a practicing attorney in Albany (1978-80) and Gainesville (1980-1992).
He is a former president of the Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges and a six-year member of that agency's executive committee. He served on the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, appointed by Gov. Zell Miller from 1996-2002. He was a member of the Supreme Court Child Placement Project, appointed by the Ga. Supreme Ct. from 1998-2001. He was also a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia, 1998-2000.
His civic activities include: Hall County Commission on Children & Families, 2000-present; Northeastern Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force, 1992-present; Former President and Board Member, Humane Society of Hall County; Former Officer and Director, Gainesville Jaycees; Former Board Member, Gateway House Shelter for Battered Women; Former Board Member, Hall-Dawson CASA Program; Former Board Member, Georgia CASA (1992-2000); United Way of Hall County Special Needs Committee, 1999; Rape Response Sexual Assault Prevention Advisory Committee, 1999.
He is married to Elaine Gerke, a licensed clinical social worker in Gainesville.
Director, Emer. Medical Services
Director, Emer. Mgmt. Agency
David Kimbrell was appointed Chief for Hall County Fire & Emergency Services in April 2005, and also serves as Emergency Management Director as well as overseeing Emergency Medical Services. Since David joined Hall County in 1991 he has served as Fire Inspector (1991), Fire Marshall (1996), HCFS Administration Division Chief (2002), and Interim Fire Chief (2004).
David is certified as a Georgia Firefighter, PADI SCUBA diver, and nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician. He is active with the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, serving as past Chairman of their Board of Directors, is a member of the Board of Directors of Lanier Technical College, and District Vice President of Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs.
He is also a member of the Georgia Firefighters' Clown Society, Georgia Coalition of Fire Safety Educators, Georgia Fire Inspectors Association, Georgia Firefighters Association, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs and Georgia Arson Investigators Association.
David has taught and lectured at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, South Carolina Public Safety Training Center, North Georgia Technical College and Lanier Technical College.
David attended school in Hall and Habersham County and is a graduate of Habersham Central High School and Gainesville College. He is currently enrolled at North Georgia College and State University pursuing a degree in Public Management.
Prior to joining Hall County's Fire Department, Kimbrell served in the fire departments of the City of Cornelia and Habersham County. He also served as a policeman for the City of Baldwin and as a Correctional Officer for the Hall County Sheriff's Office.
Probate Court Judge
Judge Laine was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia. After graduating from Gainesville High School, she earned a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. After spending two years as a law clerk/staff attorney for the five Superior Court judges in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, Judge Laine spent ten years in private practice in Gainesville. In 2012, she was elected Probate Court Judge.
Judge Laine is committed to her community and plays an active role in trying to improve her community through GFWC Gainesville Phoenix Woman's Club where she is a Board Member. She also volunteers for her community directly through various organizations, including being a troop leader for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, helping sew costumes for Gainesville Ballet Company productions, and through the Family Promise committee at her church, Redwine United Methodist. She is also a member of the Northeastern Circuit Bar Association and is involved with the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia.
Judge Laine and her husband Jesse have two young daughters.
Gail was named 9-1-1 Director in October 2011. Gail joined Hall County 9-1-1 in September 1994 as a Communications Officer Trainee, then transferred into an Administrative Position in 1998, and in 2005 was promoted to Technical Operations Manager.
Prior to working with Hall County, Gail accumulated over 20 years experience operating and managing various mainframe computer operation centers for Reliance Electric Corporation, Toledo Scale, Empire District Electric Company and First Financial Management Corporation in various locations around the country.
Gail is a graduate of Banks County High School and Marsh Draughon Business College of Atlanta, is married and has a daughter and a step-daughter.
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Director, Parks & Leisure
Mike Little joined Hall County Government in 2001 as the first manager of the newly opened Allen Creek Soccer Complex. Prior to joining Hall County Mr. Little served as the Recreation / Athletic Director for the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, N.C. for 14 years.
Raised in Miami, Fla., Little attended Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. on a soccer scholarship where he received the Glen Brewster Memorial Award for leadership and courage as a senior. He majored in Physical Education and Health.
Mr. Little is a member of the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association and a 20 plus year member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Mr. Little, his wife Amy, two children Ian and Alyssa reside in Hall County.
Director, Human Resources
Before employment with Hall County in July 2012, Bill worked as the Human Resources Manager for RedPrairie, a 1200 employee global software company based in Alpharetta, where he worked for just under 12 years. Prior to joining RedPrairie, Bill was the Director of Human Resources at Northside Hospital.
Bill grew up in Orlando Florida graduating from Bishop Moore High School and went on to Florida State University where he graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management.
Bill is a resident of Forsyth County where he has lived since 1993. Bill has two children, a senior at the University of Georgia, and senior at West Forsyth High School. Bill is very active in the baseball community where he is one of four league directors for Lanier Baseball; President of the Sawnee Mountain Park Baseball/Softball organization, Treasurer for the West Forsyth High School Dugout Club and is the Tournament Director for the Forsyth County Slugfest Baseball Tournament which over the years has had 275 plus teams participate and has donated over $175,000 to local organizations and charities.
Public Defender's Office
Circuit Public Defender H. Bradford Morris, Jr. received his B.A. from Emory University in 1968. After serving as an officer in the United States Army, Morris received his J.D. from the University of Houston. He has practiced law for 28 years, with a concentration in criminal defense.
Director, Financial Services
Vickie Neikirk came to Hall County Government in November 2011 from the City of Toccoa, where she served as finance director since May 2010. She has previous experience as chief financial officer for White County. She also is a former Hall County employee, having worked as financial administrator from April 2001 to April 2004 in the Finance Department.
Neikirk is a Gainesville resident.
Assistant County Administrator
Marty Nix, appointed Assistant County Administrator in July 2011, also oversees all responses in Hall County for Code Enforcement, Animal Control, and Public Safety communication systems.
After graduating from North Hall High School, Mr. Nix attended Truett-McConnell College and graduated from North Georgia College with a degree in Criminal Justice. He also obtained a masters degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University and holds a degree from the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.
Mr. Nix has been employed with Hall County since 1984 and has over 25 years experience in Law Enforcement. He has worked in the Sheriff's Office, the District Attorney's Office and as Deputy Warden at Hall County Correctional Institution. Mr. Nix is a strong advocate for victims of crime and has served on the Board of Directors for Rape Response and Friends of Recovery. Mr. Nix is very active in the community and currently is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville.
Mr. Nix enjoys organic gardening, camping, biking, running and music. A native of Hall County who grew up in the Clermont area, Mr. Nix and his wife, Jan Nix have two children.
Superior Court Judge
Judge Bonnie C. Oliver is a 1974 graduate of Buford High School and attended Shorter College in Rome, Georgia on an academic scholarship and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude in history. Judge Oliver obtained her legal education at the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, where she received a Juris Doctor in 1981 and was admitted to the Bar the same year.
Before entering private practice Judge Oliver was general counsel for a private non-profit organization. She provided legal services to Senior Citizens in a thirteen county area of North Georgia for four years. Over the next thirteen years Judge Oliver had a general trial practice in Gainesville, Georgia with an emphasis on personal injury litigation. In June, 1998, after having practiced law for seventeen years, Governor Zell Miller appointed her as Judge of the State Court of Hall County. On September 27, 1999, Governor Roy Barnes appointed her Judge of the Superior Courts of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, which includes Hall County and Dawson County. In 2000, 2004, and 2008 Judge Oliver was elected to four-year terms. She currently serves on the Council of Superior Court Judge's Bench and Bar and Legislative committees and is the past Chairperson of the Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education Committee. Judge Oliver is the current Vice Chair of the Judicial Qualifications Commission where she has served as a member since 2003.
Judge Oliver is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and served as an elected Board of Governors representative for the Northeastern Circuit from 1994 to 2002. She is a former Chairman of the Client Security Trust Fund. She is a former Chairman of the General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar and is currently on the Executive Board. She is a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, and a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and of the Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association. Judge Oliver is a former Trustee of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Judge Oliver served as a member of the Investigative Panel of the State Bar for four years, investigating lawyers for ethical violations. Judge Oliver was active in the Younger Lawyers Section of the State Bar for many years serving on the Executive Council from 1982 - 1989, and serving as Director in 1989, and was a candidate for President in 1990.
Judge Oliver has been active in the Gainesville/Hall County Community. She is a former President of The Boys & Girls Club of Hall County, and a member and former Associate Director of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, graduate of Leadership Hall County, a member and current Director of the Gainesville Rotary Club, and Past President of Gainesville Middle School PTA. Additionally Judge Oliver formerly served as Advisor to the Gainesville Regional Association for Nursing Home Improvement, a founding member and officer of Lakeside Civitan Club, a Board Member of Teen Pregnancy Alliance, and was formerly Chairman of the 1990 Leukemia Society Fundraiser.
Judge Oliver is married to Andy Miller and has three children: Jackson, Sean, and Grace. They reside in Gainesville.
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Director, Public Works and Utilities
Ken Rearden became Director of Public Works and Utilities for Hall County in March 2008. The department has some 200 employees with an operating budget of more than $17 million and oversees the County's capital budget.
Prior to joining Hall County, Mr. Rearden worked with the City of West Palm Beach for 15 years as Utilities Engineering Manager, Assistant Director, Public Utilities Director and most recently Assistant City Administrator. During his tenure, he managed operating budgets of more than $65 million and capital projects ranging from $40,000 to $150 million. With more than 33 years experience in the water and wastewater field, he has held positions as manager of the water and wastewater division of a medium-sized consulting firm in south Florida, design/build manager for an international construction firm based in Alabama and superintendent of water and wastewater construction projects throughout the southeast.
Mr. Rearden holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Southern Technical Institute in Marietta, but bleeds Blue and Orange from two years at Auburn. He is married with three grown children and one grandson, and resides in White County with his wife Farilyn, a black lab and two cats.
Director, Business License
Susan Rector, Director for Hall County Business License Department, joined Hall County government in 1996 as Business License Clerk. Previously, Ms. Rector worked for Adams Transfer and Storage for 7 years, in charge of accounts payable/receivable, office management and other company functions.
Ms. Rector, after nine years in the department, is very familiar with daily operations, county code requirements for business licensing, beverage licensing, fee collections for beverage distributors and other aspects of the department.
Susan has one daughter, Angie Arendt and 3 grandchildren, Jackson, Carter & Madison.
Chief Registrar & Director of Elections
Charlotte Sosebee has served as a Deputy Clerk to Elections since 1989. On December 29, 2006, she was sworn in as Interim Chief Registrar and Director of Elections, and then as Chief Registrar on November 11, 2011. In 2011, she was selected by Secretary of State, Brian Kemp to serve on the State's Elections Advisory Council to analyze opportunities to improve the elections process at all levels of government. She was also selected to serve on the advisory committee in implementing the new Georgia Voter Registration System. She was recently elected as an officer of the Voter Registrar's Association of Georgia.
Before employment with Hall County, Sosebee worked as a Senior Teller for Regions Bank, formerly First National Bank, where she worked 4-1/2 years.
Sosebee attended Gainesville College shortly after graduating from East Hall High School in 1985, where she served on Student Council, Captain of Varsity Cheerleading and other organizations.
Sosebee is a native of Hall County and resides in Gainesville. She has one daughter, Victoria Amanda Thomas and two grandsons, Jimmy and Joshua. She is an active member of First Baptist Church on MLK, Jr. Boulevard in Gainesville, where she serves as Church Clerk and a member of the Trustee Board. She is also Choir Director of "Mattie Thornton Sanctuary Choir". She is founding member of WomenSource in Gainesville and enjoys spending time with family and singing in her leisure.
Director, Management Information Systems (MIS)
James Thomas was appointed Director of Management Information Systems (MIS) in April 2004 following a position as Systems Administrator in the Finance Department. James has been with Hall County for 14 years and has 22 years of data-system programming and processing experience.
He has successfully implemented many new technologies for various county departments including Finance, H.R., Elections, Judicial and Public Safety. He is trained and certified in installation, management and analysis of Windows, Access, UNIX, Oracle and other data-based systems. Thomas served in the U.S. Air Force as a Communication Specialist prior to earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lander College in 1982.
Gainesville native Steve Watson was hired by the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors as the Chief Appraiser in April 2011. Mr. Watson has been in the business of assessment administration for more than 25 years, most recently as the Deputy Chief Appraiser for Gwinnett County from 2003-2011. He previously served as the Stephens County Chief Appraiser from 1992-2003. He is a Certified Appraiser Level IV and a member of the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials and International Association of Assessing Officers. Mr. Watson is a Gainesville High School graduate and attended Gainesville State College.
Mr. Watson lives in Gainesville and has a daughter, Wendy.
Stephanie Woodard was appointed Solicitor by the governor in December 2008. Ms. Woodard previously worked in the Fulton County District Attorney's Office as Senior Assistant District Attorney, in the Carroll County District Attorney's Office and in the DeKalb County Solicitor General's Office. She was an attorney in private practice from 2000 until her appointment to Solicitor.
Ms. Woodard currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Edmundson-Telford Center for Children, and the Board of Advisors for Friends of Recovery, which supports alternative sentencing courts. She is formerly on the board of 3 Dimensional Life, a Christian substance abuse rehabilitation program. She is a founding member of WomenSource, a nonprofit organization that empowers women with personal and professional resources, and Women Working Wonders, a program to support the children served by CASA.
Ms. Woodard earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Georgia State University and a juris doctor from Georgia State University Law School.
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State Court Judge
Judge Charles S. Wynne is a 1974 graduate of Georgia Tech and a 1977 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1977.
After a two year clerkship in the Superior Court of Fulton County, he began his law practice as an associate and partner with the law firm of Smith, Gilliam & Williams in Gainesville, Georgia in 1979. In 1988, he became a partner in the law firm of Burroughs, LeFevre and Wynne, before becoming a judge of the Hall County Magistrate Court in 1990. He was elected Chief Magistrate of Hall County in 1996, serving until 2000.
Judge Wynne was elected as Judge of the State Court of Hall County in 2000, and was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He presently serves as Chief Judge of the State Court. Judge Wynne is presently Secretary of the Council of State Court Judges for the State of Georgia, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the State Court Council, and a member of the Executive Committee, and past Treasurer for said Council.
As State Court Judge, Judge Wynne helped oversee the development of the Hall County DUI Court in 2003, originally one of three statewide pilot programs coordinated through the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts. Judge Wynne presently serves as a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia Accountability Court Committee for the State of Georgia, which oversees Drug Courts, DUI Courts, Mental Health Courts, Family Treatment Courts and other accountability programs developed throughout the State.
Judge Wynne is a member of Gainesville First United Methodist Church, having served as the church's Lay Leader from January, 2004 - January, 2007, and also serving on various church committees and as a rotating teacher of a senior adult Sunday School class. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Young Harris College since 2000, is a member and a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, is a past member and Past President of the Gainesville Jaycees, and is a 1987 graduate of Leadership - Hall County.
Judge Wynne and his wife, Dancy, have two adult daughters and two grandchildren, and live in Gainesville.
Srikanth Yamala was appointed as the Director of Planning for Hall County Government in July 2012. In this capacity, Srikanth oversees daily activities and long-range initiatives, including land use, zoning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). He serves as the principle policy advisor on development patterns and transportation issues to the County Administrator, Planning Commission, and Transportation Board.
Before accepting his current position, Srikanth served as Hall County's Senior Transportation Planner for three years and then Transportation Planning Manager for four years. He previously worked for the City of Wichita Planning Department (Wichita, Kansas), and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (Lincoln, Nebraska). Srikanth earned his Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Andhra University in India and his Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), and Transportation Research Board (TRB).
Srikanth and his wife, Shaistha, have one child, Neha.
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