Second deputy added to staff of administrator

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jock Connell is getting more help in running Gwinnett County government, which some equate to a $1.5 billion business.

Connell on Friday named Susan Lee as his second deputy county administrator.

During the county commission's annual retreat last month, Commissioner Kevin Kenerly suggested the enhancement to the government's senior staff.

"Our senior management structure has not changed that much since I came into office" in 1992, Kenerly said. "Most governments our size have several assistants or deputies. While it is good that we run a lean operation, at some point it just doesn't make sense to stretch things too thin."

Lee, who has served as director of the county's human resources department for two years, will continue to focus on that area of the government as well as dealing with support services, police, fire and emergency services, corrections and human relations. Her annual salary will be $150,000.

"I am always pleased to advance talented and deserving employees, and Susan is no exception," Connell said. "She is a seasoned county employee who brings a tremendous level of problem-solving skills and new perspectives to the table."

Lee joins Mike Comer as Connell's deputies.

According to a press release, Comer will continue to administer the financial services, transportation, community services, and water resources departments.

"With both deputies in place, I will have the opportunity to focus more exclusively on carrying out the commissioners' goals and objectives," Connell said.

Lee has worked for Gwinnett County for 15 years and also has experience in the private sector as a compensation consultant.

Replacing Lee as the head of the human resources department is Kenneth Poe, who has been the deputy director of human resources since April 2006.

Poe has more than 20 years of experience and leadership in the field of human resources management, including almost eight years with Gwinnett County, and is a certified human resources manager. Poe's new salary will be $118,000.