Virgil Moon held the position until he retired in September to become the chief financial officer at Cobb and Douglas Public Health.
The support services director oversees a staff of 320 people who manage the property management, information services, purchasing and government service centers. He also serves as the liaison to the tax assessor’s office.
County spokesman Robert Quigley said 104 people applied for the job, which comes with a salary range of $96,803 to $157,809.
Moon received a salary of $146,702.
Hopkins, 49, was born in Chicago and raised in Mississippi. He holds of bachelor of business administration degree from Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1996, where he was a supply distribution officer before retiring as a major.
Prior to his job in Pompano Beach, Hopkins was director of general services for Fulton County.
“If you assess metro Atlanta, I would have to say that Cobb is the premier county,” Hopkins said. “There were a lot of practices and procedures utilizing Cobb County that I borrowed in my previous role at Fulton County because I just see what we used to say in the military — it’s a lean, efficient government, and that’s what I come from, that’s what I want to be a part of.”
Another plus about working for the Cobb government is the tenure of David Hankerson, who has been county manager since 1993, Hopkins said.
“For me, that’s a good thing because it speaks to the stability of the county as well as the competency of the manager, and that’s something I want to learn from,” he said.
County Chairman Tim Lee explained why he believes Hopkins is the right person for the job.
“He comes with an extraordinary amount of experience and expertise in the area of which he’s going to be managing,” Lee said.
“He’s seasoned. He seems to have some visioning capabilities in terms of looking beyond the future and how to better improve things.”