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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
 
Tina Fleming Department Director:

Tina Fleming

770.822.8840
Tina.Fleming@gwinnettcounty.com

Tina Fleming was appointed director of the Gwinnett County Department of Community Services in 2016. Employed with Gwinnett County Community Services since 2001, Tina has also served as the Division Director of Parks and Recreation Operations and held other management roles in that division. Her areas of responsibility includes Parks and Recreation, Health and Human Services, UGA Extension, Animal Welfare and Enforcement, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Voter Registrations and Elections, and she is liaison with several community service organizations. Her more than 20 years of public service experience includes work with local communities in Georgia.  


John T. Gentry, Jr. Parks & Recreation Division Director:

John T. Gentry, Jr.

770.822.8844
John.Gentry@gwinnettcounty.com

John Gentry joined Gwinnett County Community Services in July 2017 and currently serves as the Parks and Recreation – Operations Division Director. In this position, John manages the programming of recreation facilities, 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.

John has been involved in the parks and recreation field for more than 17 years. He is a member of National Recreation and Park Association and Georgia Recreation and Park Association. Prior to Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, he was the Parks and Recreation Director in Oconee County, Georgia.


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.


Blake Hawkins Deputy Director:

Blake Hawkins

770.822.8846
Blake.Hawkins@gwinnettcounty.com

Blake Hawkins, Deputy Department Director, oversees three divisions; Animal Welfare and Enforcement, UGA Extension Gwinnett, and Health and Human Services. A graduate of Florida State University, 1990, Blake holds a B.S. in Leisure Service & Studies and worked many years in Florida for local government, nonprofit organizations, and healthcare industry; all with in a citizen/customer focused approach.  

He began with Gwinnett County in 1997 in Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation serving as Recreation Programmer, Recreation Coordinator, and Recreation Manager. He was instrumental in opening the County’s first Community Recreation Center, Bogan Park Community Recreation Center.  He took a nine year absence from the County to open a small business, which he owned and operated for nine years and eventually sold and returned to Gwinnett County.

Blake now manages the three divisions to provide quality and accountable services to the residents of Gwinnett by offering healthy, adoptable pets through Animal Welfare; inviting and educational family activities and programs with UGA Extension Gwinnett; and quality, accessible, and affordable care and services to Gwinnett’s senior population and other diverse communities through Health and Human Services.  


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.


Mary Black UGA Extension Gwinnett Director:

Mary Black

678.377.4020
Mary.Black@gwinnettcounty.com

Mary Black began working as the Director and County Extension Coordinator for the UGA Extension Gwinnett division in 2017. Her role is to manage the three areas of extension; Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Georgia 4-H Youth Development program. Mary has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences, a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Nutrition.

She has served in the medical field as a Licensed Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator and has over twenty years of program management experience in health promotion and chronic disease management. She volunteers as a Gwinnett Master Gardener and as a diabetes educator to senior citizens. 


Mark Patterson Deputy Director:

Mark Patterson

770.822.8868
Mark.Patterson@gwinnettcounty.com

Mark started with Parks and Recreation Division in 1987 and serves as the deputy director for recreation fund facilities; Parks and Recreation-Operations; Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center; and Parks and Recreation-Project Administration.

Mark has authored several nationally award winning initiatives. He is a member of several professional organizations including The Wildlife Society, The National Recreation and Parks Association and the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association; where he served on its Board of Trustees for six years. As a sought after speaker, Mark has presented at local, state, national and international symposiums on geospatial applications and their use in natural resource management. A member of the steering committee for Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan, Mark is committed to preserving and enacting sustainable practices for the preservation of the public lands Gwinnett County holds.

A husband and father of two, Mark spends his free time as a soccer coach, scout leader and exploring nature with his family.


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.


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.