County Manager

Barrow County Government
November 9, 2023
Winder, GA
Job Type


Barrow County is seeking a new County Manager. Barrow County is located in the north central region of Georgia with a population is 87,745 and includes six incorporated cities - Auburn (partially in Barrow County), Bethlehem, Braselton (partially in Barrow County), Carl, Statham, and Winder (county seat). The County is a thriving community that has seen unprecedented growth in recent years. The county operates under a county manager form of government that was approved by the voters in 2011. The Board of Commissioners, comprised of seven part-time members, appoint a county manager to supervise, direct, and control the day-to-day activities and business operations of the county government. The chairman is elected county-wide, and the other six commissioners are elected by districts for four-year staggered terms. County services are provided through nine (9) departments with 493 full-time employees and 39 part-time employees. The County has an Operating Budget of $155 million for FY24.

Find details about the position expectations by reviewing the recruitment brochure at

The ideal candidate for the County Manager position should be a visionary leader who is well-organized, gives attention to detail, and demonstrates the ability to implement effective management and leadership principles. The successful candidate should project high energy, demonstrate moral and ethical character, and have the ability to build consensus by developing partnerships with community stakeholders, economic development officials, and other government entities. The ideal candidate should demonstrate strong leadership and problem-solving skills. The successful candidate should have experience in project management, financial management, community development, and motivating employees to deliver quality customer service. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator who values transparency of government operations, provides ongoing information to all citizens concerning delivery of services, and ensures that ordinances are uniformly enforced in the community.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business Administration, Planning, Economic Development or related field; Master's degree preferred;
  • Seven years of progressively responsible management experience is required; experience directing a large department, overseeing multiple departments, or managing county-wide projects is highly desired; or any equivalent combination of education, training & experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
  • Local government management experience as a seasoned county/city manager or assistant in a similar-sized community and complexity as Barrow will be a significant advantage for a candidate seeking this position.
  • Evidence of continued professional development such as ICMA Credentialed Manager designation is a positive indicator of dedication to the profession and will be noted during the vetting process.

Compensation & Benefits:

The expected starting salary range for this position is $165,000 - $195,000 (depending on qualifications of the selected candidate), with a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance. The county offers an employee EAP program, ability to participate in an FSA, life and disability insurance as well as a 457 and 401a retirement plan with county matching contributions of 11.2%. In addition, the incumbent will accrue PTO on a monthly basis. Relocation expenses are negotiable.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related references (with email and phone numbers), as well as salary history no later than close of business on December 27, 2023, to Lisa Ward, Senior Associate at Please contact Lisa Ward with any questions at 706-983-9326.

Alan Reddish, Senior Associate, 107 Indigo Lane, Athens, GA 30606, Cell: 706-614-4961

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