Lilburn finds new manager

LILBURN - Bill Johnsa, the former Dawson County manager, has been chosen to lead Lilburn's city operations.

Johnsa has been given a conditional offer for the city manager post, Mayor Diana Preston said. The city will have Johnsa's resume available for review at City Hall for two weeks before

an expected vote to hire him Aug. 4.

"He's very qualified," said Preston, who has acted as Lilburn's top administrative officer since the resignation of Tom Combiths in February. "We're really excited."

Preston, a part-time retired assistant principal at Berkmar High School, said she's ready to pass on the job as she prepares for the new school year.

Johnsa, of Flowery Branch, is the husband of Lisa Johnsa, Gwinnett County's finance director who is working on an agreement between cities and the county for an upcoming sales tax extension vote.

He worked for the county as a probation officer from 1986 to 1995 before becoming the trial court administrator for the Northeastern Judicial District in Gainesville. From 1999 to 2005, Johnsa was the longest-tenured Dawson county manager, overseeing an annual $22 million budget and a staff of 200 full-time employees and 100 part-timers.

Johnsa has worked for the past three years as chief operations officer for his family business, Floor South.

Preston declined to discuss details of Johnsa's contract, which is under negotiation, including his salary.

To review Johnsa's resume, visit the city clerk's office at 76 Main St. in Lilburn from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 4.