DeKalb County Chief Operating Officer Burrell Ellis announced Sept. 10 that he is nominating Richard Stogner to the position of chief operating officer of DeKalb County, subject to confirmation by the Board of Commissioners.
Ellis cited Stogner’s long career in public service in announcing the selection, saying that he is “well-known and recognized as a top-notch public administrator.” Stogner has served in top posts in various metro Atlanta governments, most recently in DeKalb where he was executive assistant the former CEO Vernon Jones, the top administrative position in the county during his time in office.
In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Stogner will focus on developing recommendations for filling current administrative vacancies, preparing the 2011 fiscal budget recommendations and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of county operations throughout DeKalb, according to Ellis.
Stogner’s appointment is for an initial term of one-year. He has asked not to receive compensation for his services during his term in office. “There may be a need for new management leadership in the COO’s office, but there is no emergency,” Stogner commented. “The people who really make the county work day-to-day are doing their jobs and the county is functioning. As such, I find no justification for a pension and a salary for my work as COO.”
“I am pleased that Richard Stogner has agreed to join our management team. In addition to his demonstrated public management expertise, his decision not to accept a salary is clear evidence of his integrity and commitment to DeKalb County. I look forward to working with him as soon as his appointment is confirmed by the Commission, something which I have asked them to do as expeditiously as possible,” Ellis said.
Commissioner Larry Johnson, presiding officer of the commission, endorsed the choice. “We need a nuts-and-bolts guy who knows DeKalb County government, top to bottom. With the budget and key hiring decisions before us, I would support Richard Stogner as COO on a one-year contract, and I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners as we move ahead,” he said.