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Fulton County Manager Announces Three Key Executive Appointments | Print |

Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson has named three key executives – the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Strategy Officer – who will play key roles in leading Fulton County Government.


Anderson has named Mr. Todd Long to serve as Chief Operating Officer, effective October 1.  Two current Fulton County executives have also been promoted to new positions.   Ms. Sharon Whitmore, currently Interim Finance Director, will serve as Chief Financial Officer, and Ms. Anna Roach, currently Assistant County Manager / Chief of Staff, will serve as Chief Strategy Officer.
“I am excited about this highly qualified, diverse and, most importantly, deeply committed team that will assume responsibility for delivering on our aspirations of being first in service, efficiency and impact. It is a great sign of things to come for the citizens of Fulton County," said Anderson. 

The COO will run all day-to-day operations of Fulton County’s citizen-facing departments and will be ultimately responsible for citizen satisfaction with services and improving efficiency in operations. Mr. Long currently serves as Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation. In this capacity, he helps lead a 4,100 person organization with a $2 billion operating budget. He brings more than 25 years of experience in transportation planning, engineering, and administration.  He served as the first Governor-appointed Director of Planning when the position was created by the Georgia Legislature in 2009. His background and expertise will be key as Fulton County begins planning for a possible TSPLOST initiative in 2016. Mr. Long is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering.

Sharon WhitmoreThe CFO will lead all internal shared services functions including Finance, Information Technology, Purchasing and Personnel, and will be responsible for internal departmental satisfaction with shared services and efficient operations. Ms. Whitmore has served with Fulton County for more than 18 years, and has held a number of roles including Interim Director of Finance and Interim County Manager.  Prior to serving with Fulton County, Ms. Whitmore served with KPMG. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kennesaw State University.


Anna HowellThe CSO will be responsible for strategic planning including detailed multi-year operating plans with clear metrics and investment cases to help Fulton County Government reach the six key strategic areas identified by the Board of Commissioners this year. She will also be responsible for performance reporting to the Board of Commissioners and the public on progress. The CSO is also responsible for oversight of External Affairs, Economic Development and the County Manager’s offices of Diversity and Civil Rights Compliance, Ryan White and Child Attorney. In addition, the CSO will serve as the primary interface to justice agencies and agencies led by elected officials. Ms. Roach joined Fulton County in 2013, bringing extensive public sector experience, including service as an Administrative Law Judge for the City of New York, and Assistant Deputy General Counsel for the Department of Human Resources under Mayor Vincent C. Gray in the District of Columbia. Ms. Roach holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of New York at Cortland and a Juris Doctorate from St. John's University School of Law.

Anderson is finalizing recruitment for other members of the Fulton County Executive Leadership team and expects to have all appointments complete by August of this year.


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