Office of the County Manager

The County Manager's Office works directly with the Board of Commissioners to provide support on policy matters, compiling the annual budget, guidance to county departments regarding day to day operations and works to develop short and long range plans that will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your county government.

Scott D. JohnsonWelcome to Columbia County!

Whether you are a citizen of our county or visiting with us for a while, I hope you love Columbia County as much as I do! I am honored to serve as the County Manager of one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Georgia and in the country. Columbia County offers a wonderful quality of life; from our parks, greenspace and fun community events to our many friendly neighborhoods and our award winning school system, there is something for everyone in our great community!

One thing I take pride in is the fact that Columbia County encompasses a diverse group of talented individuals, who come from all walks of life and work together to make our county exceptional. As a result of this, coupled with the tremendous amount of growth we've experienced as a county, we have developed our vision over time and now, we are taking it to the next level. Building on these strengths, we have created a concept that will further promote teamwork, eliminate bureaucracy, and encourage working together within the county-no matter what your job title or position. We have conceptualized the classic form of local government; we will strengthen the standards in place and focus on a CORE value, which I believe is PRIDE. In addition to a revamp of our current operations, we have created an acronym for PRIDE that we believe is the essence of what makes a great employee. -Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in Columbia County!

- Scott D. Johnson

Scott D. Johnson Background

Professional Experience: Scott served as Columbia County's first Deputy County Administrator after retiring from the Georgia State Patrol at the rank of Lieutenant where he served as the Deputy Director of Training.

Civic and Community Service: He serves on the Executive Boards of multiple professional, civic and charitable organizations such as the United Way of the CSRA, the Family Y and the Alzheimer's Association. Always attempting to hone and refine his skills, Scott is a graduate of several leadership programs including Leadership Georgia.

Education: Scott holds two undergraduate degrees with honors as well as a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University.

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Deputy County Managers

The Deputy County Managers work closely with the County Manager to carry out the Board of Commissioners' priorities and assume the Administrator's role in his absence. Duties of the Deputy County Managers include: assisting in the development and administration of operating and capital budgets; suggesting policy recommendations for the County Board; recommending new management approaches and strategies while developing more effective methods of delivering county services and assisting in the economic development process.

Glenn A. Kennedy, II

Deputy County Manager
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  • Community and Leisure Services
  • Emergency Management Agency
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Internal Services
  • Technology Services

Matt Schlachter

Deputy County Manager
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  • Construction and Facilities Maintenance
  • Development Services
  • Engineering Services
  • Planning Services
  • Water Utility