Mission, Vision, Values
Mission
The Department of Community Services provides high-quality recreational, educational, electoral, human services, and other services in partnership with the Gwinnett community.

Vision
We envision a diverse, vibrant, and safe Gwinnett community where residents are healthy and successful. We will partner with others to enhance the quality of life of families and individuals residing in Gwinnett County.

Values
We believe in honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct.

We are customer-oriented and both accountable and responsive to our citizens.

We believe in teamwork and collaboration with our community partners.

We promote safety, cost efficiency, innovation, and service excellence.


Management Profiles
 
Phil Hoskins Deputy County Administrator:

Phil Hoskins

770.822.8833
Phil.Hoskins@gwinnettcounty.com

Phil Hoskins was appointed Gwinnett County Deputy County Administrator in 2014. Prior to his appointment, he served as Director of Community Services for Gwinnett County for 18 years. His areas of responsibility included Parks and Recreation, Health and Human Services, Cooperative Extension Service, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Voter Registration and Elections, and he was the staff liaison with several community service organizations. His more than 35 years of public service experience includes work with local communities in Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Illinois.   

Phil holds a graduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington and undergraduate degree from Georgetown College, Kentucky. He is also a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and the Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute. He and his wife, Janet, reside in Gwinnett County. He is involved in a number of community organizations including Rotary, Leadership Gwinnett, Partnership Gwinnett, American Cancer Society, and church-related activities.   


Pat Baker Health & Human Services Division Director:

Pat Baker

770.822.8880
Pat.Baker@gwinnettcounty.com

Pat’s career in the field of health and human services, particularly aging programs, began in 1973 and includes the positions of Activity Director in a nursing home, Project Director for an Older Americans Act nutrition program in south Texas and Planner at an Area Agency on Aging in southwestern Oklahoma. From 1992 – 2002 she was a Program Supervisor in the Community Relations Unit for the Aging Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Pat also served as the Project Coordinator and Facilitator for the Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy (OAALA), a training academy that identifies and develops volunteer leaders and advocates on issues related to aging. Before coming to work for Gwinnett County in 2008 she was a Consultant for several organizations including AARP, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, and the Alzheimer’s Association.


Robert L. Brannen Extension Service Division Director:

Robert L. Brannen

678.377.4010
Robert.Brannen@gwinnettcounty.com

Robert began serving as an Extension Agent in Gwinnett County in July 1994 and more than 30 years of work experience as an extension agent in Fulton and Gwinnett Counties. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Georgia and serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Georgia Fanning Leadership Center. As an educator, Robert is dedicated to providing gardeners, landscapers, and green industry professionals with practical information to meet individual needs, and protecting Gwinnett County's local environment and water quality. Robert also works with 4-H and youth development programs to help provide skills for the next generation of leaders in Gwinnett.of leaders in Gwinnett.


Steve P. Cannon Environmental & Heritage Center Executive Director:

Steve P. Cannon

770.904.3500
Steve.Cannon@gwinnettcounty.com

Steve brings to Gwinnett County more than 18 years of experience and leadership in the environmental protection, environmental education, and public health profession. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for Rockdale Water Resources. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science and is a member of five academic honor societies. Steve has served as two-term president of the Georgia Water Wise Council, committee chair of the American Water Works Association, Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association, and Water Environment Federation, board member of the American Public Works Association, and past president of the Buford North Gwinnett Rotary Club. Steve recently was appointed to the Technical Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.


Tina Fleming Parks & Recreation Operations Division Director:

Tina Fleming

770.822.8875
Tina.Fleming@gwinnettcounty.com

Tina Fleming has worked for Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation since 2001 in various capacities and currently serves as the Director of the Operations Division. In this position, Tina manages the programming of recreation facilities, marketing, facility operations, park and facility maintenance and repair, fostering of volunteers and stewardship opportunities, and safety of all of the parks and facilities in the Gwinnett County park system.

Tina has been involved in the parks and recreation field for more than 20 years. She is a member of National Recreation and Park Association, and has been an active member with Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) since 1996. During this time, she served on the GRPA District 7 Executive Board for five years, was a past member of the GRPA Board of Trustees, and currently serves as the Visibility and Marketing Chair. She is a National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) Coach’s Certification Evaluator as well as a Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA). Prior to Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Tina was the Recreation Director in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.


Grant Guess Parks & Recreation Project Administration Division Director:

Grant Guess

770.822.8855
Grant.Guess@gwinnettcounty.com

Grant Guess has worked for Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation since 1984 in various capacities, and currently serves as the Director of the Project Administration for Parks and Recreation. In this position, Grant manages the planning, acquisition, design, and development of all of the parks, facilities, and greenways in the Gwinnett County park system. He also oversees the various Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) programs for the Parks and Recreation division. Grant is a graduate of Georgia Tech and worked for the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Department for seven years before being hired by Gwinnett County. He lives in the Buford area with his wife Laurie and his two children, Kelly and Erin.


Lynn Ledford Voter Registration & Elections Director:

Lynn Ledford

678.226.7210
Lynn.Ledford@gwinnettcounty.com

Lynn has been an employee of Gwinnett County since 1987. She has worked at all levels of the Voter Registration and Elections Division. In January 2002, she was appointed to serve as the director of the division. Lynn is the Immediate Past President of the Georgia Election Officials Association and serves on committees with the Voter Registrars Association of Georgia. These two organizations represent over 500 election officials statewide. In 2006 she completed her national certification as a Registration and Elections Administrator through Auburn University. In 2007 she was appointed to a National Task Force for Poll Worker and Public Education on the Elections Process and also serves on multiple Election Advisory Councils for voter registration and election officials. In 2010 she received the Frances Duncan Award from the Georgia Election Officials Association. Lynn is one of two election officials statewide that serves on the Secretary of State’s Election Code Review Committee, which is charged with revising the Georgia Election Code. A native of Gwinnett County, she graduated from Dacula High School. She resides in Grayson with her husband and two children.


Rick Morris Business Management Section Manager:

Rick Morris

770.822.8863
Rick.Morris@gwinnettcounty.com

Rick has served as Section Manager of the Business Management Division of the Community Services Department since August 2009. This division is responsible for coordinating, monitoring, and processing the financial needs of Community Services, including administration, human resources, budget, payables, revenues, purchasing, and fixed assets. Rick is a graduate of the EXCEL management development program and is a Certified Finance Officer, Levels I and II, through the University of Georgia. Rick has worked with Gwinnett County since June 1996. During his tenure with Gwinnett County and prior to becoming the Section Manager of the Business Management Division, he served as a Business Officer for the Community Services Department, overseeing the capital budget, including the 1997, 2001, 2005, and 2009 sales tax programs. Rick is a graduate of the University of Florida and has worked for Gwinnett County since graduation. He resides in Dacula with his wife Erin and their four children.