Gwinnett County staff leadership named

Phil Hoskins

Phil Hoskins


Maria Woods


Darrell Johnson


Abe Kani

Gwinnett County government’s senior staff has been shuffled, with leaders naming a new chief financial officer, deputy county administrator and two other officials Friday.

Community Services Director Phil Hoskins will take over as the county’s second in command, while county Finance Director Maria Woods will take on the CFO mantle, following the December resignation of Aaron Bovos, who previously held both titles before he left for a job with the city of Fort Worth in Texas.

“As the head of community services, Phil has developed strong relationships within Gwinnett County Government and throughout the community,” said County Administrator Glenn Stephens, noting Hoskins’s volunteer efforts with the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Artworks! Gwinnett and other organizations. “Those ties combined with his long tenure give him the breadth of experience and knowledge to provide the kind of leadership and support this organization needs.”

Woods, he noted, has worked her way up the ranks from accounting director to finance director, during her 17-year career with the county.

“Maria played a vital role in managing Gwinnett County’s fiscal operations during the economic downturn and recovery, and her extensive experience and unmatched financial knowledge make her an excellent choice to serve as chief financial officer for our organization,” Stephens said.

Employment agreements will be considered Tuesday for the pair, as well as the hiring of Darrell Johnson as the warden of the county prison and Abe Kani as the new information technology director.

Johnson has acted as county warden for nearly a year, following a career that began as a county police officer in 1987.

“Darrell is a seasoned law enforcement veteran who leads by example. His quiet leadership and calm reasoning make him a perfect fit for the job as warden,” Stephens said.

Kani is the only new member of the leadership team, coming to Gwinnett from eNovation Inc., where he served as project executive.

“Abe served at various times as chief information officer for the state of Florida and the cities of Atlanta and Memphis,” Stephens said, noting private sector experience with Dell and IBM. “His wide-ranging background in information technology management at the local and state government levels will serve Gwinnett well as he begins to share his expertise and shape our IT department to drive efficiencies and cost-savings through the use of technology.”

Gwinnett Commissioner Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said she was pleased with Stephens’ choices for the leadership team.

“It’s a testament to the strength of our succession planning that three of the four appointments are coming from within our organization,” Nash said. “I am equally delighted to bring someone on board who can provide valuable outside perspective on our strengths and needs in the area of information technology.”

Employment contracts are expected to be considered at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.