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Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson has named three new members of his leadership team: 

  • Ellis Kirby - Director of Real Estate and Asset Management
  • David E. Clark - Director of Public Works. 
  • Lionell Thomas - Director of Arts and Culture


Ellis Kirby – Director of Real Estate and Asset Management

Ellis Kirby will join Fulton County bringing more than 28 years of experience in the private and academic sectors. He currently serves as Regional Vice President for Sodexo Campus Division. He has also served in key leadership positions with Georgia Institute of Technology and with Georgia Power. In his role with Fulton County, Kirby will have responsibility for facility construction, acquisition, maintenance and operations, effective April 20.

 “"Facilities are a fundamental piece of our service delivery,” said Anderson. “We look forward to bringing Ellis on board at this critical juncture of facility development.”

“I am glad to have this opportunity to serve Fulton County in this new role,” said Ellis Kirby. “I look forward to the challenges ahead in meeting the needs of our citizens and employees.”

David Clark, Director of Public Works

David Clark brings more than 25 years of experience in public works. He currently serves as Director of Public Works and Transportation for Athens-Clarke County, where he has served for more than 17 years.  He has directed a variety of water and transportation initiatives, including $40 million sales tax funded nine-year initiative designated for public infrastructure in Athens-Clarke County. He will have as of, oversight for Fulton County Water Resources and Transportation in unincorporated Fulton County, effective May 18, 2016.

“We are fortunate to bring a seasoned expert with expertise in both water and transportation initiatives,” said Anderson.  “We look forward to David’s leadership in these critical areas, particularly with a TSPLOST initiative in our near future.”

“This opportunity to lead Fulton County’s Public Works team comes at an exciting time, with the prospect of new resources dedicated to transportation across the state,” said Clark. “I look forward to joining the Fulton County team and serve Fulton residents.” 


Lionell Thomas – Director of Arts & Culture 

Lionell Thomas joins Fulton County from Washington, DC.  He previously served as the Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, where he led a major capital public arts project, implemented arts education to more than 70,000 students in the DC Public and Charter School Systems, and has led a number of strategic initiatives to raise the profile of the arts across the District of Columbia.  He previously served as the Executive Director of the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council.

“Lionel joins us with an impressive portfolio of work leading public sector arts organizations. We look forward to his contributions to our robust arts community here in Fulton County,” said Anderson.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of Fulton County and look forward to working together to elevate arts and culture to even greater heights," said Thomas.  


Since joining Fulton County in March 2015, County Manager Dick Anderson has named 18 members to the Executive Team. 


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