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Cobb's County Manager to Retire

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January 27, 2020

Posted January 9, 2020

Cobb County Manager Rob Hosack has announced his intention to step down and retire - for the second time - on April 1st.

“It has been one of my highest honors to serve as county manager of Cobb County,“ said Hosack.  “For the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with an outstanding team in the county and to engage with Cobb’s residents. We have developed a deep bench of talented administrators and it’s time for me to step aside and let others lead.”

Hosack says he is grateful the Board of Commissioners approved a long-overdue pay raise for county employees last year and expects the board to approve a “step and grade” plan for public safety employees in the coming weeks.

“Rob is the epitome of a public servant,” said Cobb Commission Chairman Mike Boyce.  “Any success we’ve achieved in the county while I’ve been Chairman is largely due to Rob Hosack.  I’m saddened, but understand his reasons for leaving and wish him nothing but success.  No Chairman could have had a better working relationship with a county manager than I had with Rob.”

Cobb’s Commissioners lured Hosack back to the county in 2017 to take over the County Manager’s office.  He had retired just a few years earlier as head of the county’s Community Development department and his deep institutional knowledge and relationships after 29 years with the county made for a smooth transition.

Hosack is a nationally-certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and a certified public manager from the University of Georgia, through the EXCEL class of 1991. He is also a graduate of Leadership Cobb. Hosack has earned many honors and awards, including being named “Outstanding Young Public Servant of the Year” in 1992 by the South Cobb Jaycees, the 1999 “Golden Goose” award presented by the Board of Commissioners and county manager for excellence in management, the 2001 “Silver Eagle” award presented by the Cobb County management team for performing his job in a consistently superb manner and the 2002 “Executive of the Year” award from Cobb County’s Executive Support Professionals organization. Hosack was also selected for the Cobb Chamber Honorary Commanders Program in 2001.

Dr. Jackie McMorris, the Deputy County Manager, will step in to fill Rob’s shoes while the commission determines a path forward.

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Ross Cavitt | Cobb County Communications | [email protected]