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Gwinnett County Government will deliver superior services in partnership with our community.

Gwinnett County sets the standard as a dynamic, vibrant community where all people can enjoy essential economic opportunities, safe neighborhoods, plentiful green space, and recreational facilities. We are committed to partnering with others in our community who share a dedication to making life better for our citizens.

We believe in honesty, fairness, and respect for all.

We believe in stewardship of public resources, protection of the environment, and that all citizens should expect to live and work in a clean and secure community.

We value excellence, creativity, innovation, and new technologies and ideas.

We believe that our government must be customer-focused, fiscally responsible, and deliver services that are among the best in the nation.

Management Profiles

Glenn Stephens County Administrator:

Glenn Stephens


The Board of Commissioners appointed Glenn Stephens as County Administrator in September 2009. Glenn had previously served as Director of Gwinnett County's Planning and Development Department since November 2006. He is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties and several municipalities in Gwinnett County. Prior to his appointment as Planning and Development Director, Glenn was Senior Assistant County Attorney for Gwinnett County and specialized in land use and zoning law and litigation. Glenn's legal career began in 1987 at the Lawrenceville law firm of Tennant, Davidson, Thompson and Sweeny in Lawrenceville. He then moved on to work for DeKalb County's law department representing DeKalb County in its land use litigation until 1998 when he joined Gwinnett County. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Mercer University and a J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University. Glenn and his wife have two sons and have lived in Snellville since 1991. He is active in various church activities.

Phil Hoskins Deputy County Administrator:

Phil Hoskins


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.

Joe Sorenson Communications Division Director:

Joe Sorenson


Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began his career with Gwinnett County in 1991 in the field of video production and cable programming. Joe was instrumental in the formation of the Communications Division, which occurred when three distinct functions – television production, Web site management, and public relations – were folded into one division in 1998. He continued to manage all aspects of the County’s government access cable television station until his appointment as Communications Director. In this capacity, Joe oversees and directs the operation of the County’s primary channels of communication including the Web site (, cable television station (TVgwinnett), citizen information line, and printed publications. The Communications Division provides creative services for other County departments and agencies: research, writing, editing, media relations, photography, video production, event planning, and audiovisual system consultation and management. Joe has steered the successful launch of three phases of the official Gwinnett County Web site, an intranet, and full automation of the cable channel. He is a member of the Atlanta chapter of the Media Communications Association-International, PRSA, and 3CMA. He resides with his wife and twin sons in the Grayson area of Gwinnett County.

Nicole Love Hendrickson Community Outreach Director:

Nicole Love Hendrickson


Nicole Love Hendrickson, appointed Community Outreach Program Director in 2015, is responsible for a comprehensive outreach plan to engage diverse constituents in County government. Her work has been featured in Gwinnett Magazine, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and the Gwinnett Chamber’s Edge Magazine. She launched the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy and Dinner & Dialogue with Chairman Nash in her first year in this role.

She previously served as the associate director for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services for eight years, spearheading the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, providing grassroots community leadership training, and leading the annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service, one of the largest volunteer initiatives in the country.

Nicole serves as a board member for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Gwinnett Community, United Way Gwinnett, and Gwinnett Young Professionals. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Gwinnett, the 2016 Regional Leadership Institute, and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber’s Cultivating Hispanic Leaders Institute. In 2017, she received the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Annual Public Service Award.

Roman Dakare Economic Development Manager:

Roman Dakare

404.229.3023 (cell)

Roman Dakare focuses primarily on economic analysis, redevelopment efforts, global outreach, and research services. He previously worked as a project coordinator for the Gwinnett County Chief Financial Officer, where he analyzed the financial viability of county projects and funding. His experience includes serving as sales manager for the world’s largest hotel chain in the very competitive metro Atlanta market. Roman graduated with honors from Georgia Gwinnett College with a degree in accounting and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration.

Mark Farmer Economic Development Manager:

Mark Farmer

404.242.8439 (cell)

As part of a team charged with enhancing economic development in Gwinnett, Mark Farmer focuses on redevelopment, entrepreneurship, and research reports. He joined the County in January 2017, after serving for six years as director of entrepreneurship and information services and three years as research manager for Partnership Gwinnett, a public-private economic development initiative.

His 20-plus years of business experience include owning Words & Pictures, a writing and photography business with such clients as Emory University’s Public Health magazine, Georgia Tech, and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

Mark has also held positions with Life University’s public relations and photography departments, MARTA, Hayes Microcomputer Products, the Powell Goldstein law firm, and Multimedia, Inc. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in economic development policy from Georgia Tech.

Shantell R. Wilson Economic Development Manager:

Shantell R. Wilson

678.234.0961 (cell)

With a focus on strategic industries, Shantell Wilson’s is responsible for sales and marketing, business retention, and incentive negotiations. She came to work for Gwinnett County in 2016.

Shantell’s economic development career began with the Georgia Department of Economic Development in 2004 where she served first as research and existing industry specialist, assisting with major projects such as the Kia Motors Manufacturing facility, and later as operations manager of the Governor’s Mentor Protégé Program.

In October 2006, Shantell was hired as project manager for the Savannah Economic Development Authority and worked with sales and marketing to create more than 1,600 jobs and approximately $739 million in investment. She was promoted to the role of assistant director of established business and manager of minority recruitment, responsible for providing guidance to companies through the incentives process and assisting them with access to resources.

Shantell joined Partnership Gwinnett in February 2015 as senior project manager of advanced manufacturing and supply chain. While there, she assisted with the location of 4,000 jobs and more than $250 million in capital investment.

Shantell graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in economic development and holds an MBA from Walden University. She is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, International Economic Development Council, Gwinnett Young Professionals, and the International Council for Shopping Centers.

Shantell resides in Duluth with her daughter.

Schelly Marlatt Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Executive Director:

Schelly Marlatt


A lifelong resident of Gwinnett, Schelly was appointed executive director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful in 2016, where she had served as community outreach and human resources manager from 2007-2009.

She joined Gwinnett County’s Solid Waste Management Division in 2010 focused on marketing, education, public forums and community outreach. Promoted to section manager in 2014, Schelly managed daily operations of the division and call center, the residential and commercial solid waste plans, recycling programs, and contracts.

Schelly is an Auburn University, LEAD Academy and Leadership Gwinnett graduate who uses more than 20 years of experience in networking and building relationships to inspire others to accomplish incredible things.

Schelly lives in Dacula with her two sons.

Mark Brown Director of Internal Audit:

Mark Brown


Mark Brown joined Gwinnett County as Director of Internal Audit in 2016. His 30-plus years of experience in accounting and internal audit include serving as director of internal audit at Aaron’s Inc. and associate director of internal audit at AT&T. He has also worked in the public accounting sector, specializing in financial services for federal governmental entities. Mark earned an MBA from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Millsaps College. He is a Certified Public Accountant.