Cobb plans to hire new support services director
by Jon Gillooly
March 26, 2013 12:02 AM | 3661 views | 4 4 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cobb Board of Commissioners is expected to hire Willie A. Hopkins Jr., the assistant city manager of Pompano Beach, Fla., as the county’s new support services director during tonight’s meeting.

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.”
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March 26, 2013
This is just another example of how God blessed somebody with government waste of $146,702. That is way on up there with what federal officials in the White House make. Lower the starting salary to $75,000 and cap it at $100,000. No county employee is worth $147,000. The people in this position need to be on their knees thanking God for this scam.
March 26, 2013
Hankserson's choice is less than stellar.
Lord have mercy...
March 26, 2013
Another ex-Fulton county manager? See whereFulton is today? That's where we are soon headed, Hank or no Hank!
March 26, 2013
Another plus about working for the Cobb government is the tenure of David Hankerson, who has been county manager since 1993, Hopkins said.

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salary range of $96,803 to $157,809.

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