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Connell to leave post

LAWRENCEVILLE - County Administrator Jock Connell will step down at the end of the year, the county's chief executive officer said Wednesday.

Commissioners have chosen Planning and Development Director Glenn Stephens to replace him, a move expected to become official Tuesday.

"Jock has been the king pin, if you will, since my Day 1," said Chairman Charles Bannister, who took office in 2005 when Connell became administrator. "He's performed admirably. ... He's been a great teacher to me."

For more information, see Thursday's Gwinnett Daily Post.