Oconee County Administrative Officer Jeff Benko announced at the end of his meeting with department directors this (Wednesday) morning that he plans to retire effective July 1.
Benko, 62, said he informed the members of the Board of Commissioners of his decision on Tuesday.
During the next months, Benko said, he will work with the Board of Commissioners to streamline the budget process and provide assistance in development of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which will take effect on July 1.
Former Finance Director
Benko became county administrative officer on Sept. 1, 2012, replacing retiring administrative officer Alan Theriault.
From July 2, 2004, until Sept. 2, 2012, Benko served the county as finance director.
Benko came to the county after a career at the Navy Supply Corps School, which then was in Athens.
He retired as director of the School after a 20-year career in June of 2004.
Benko confirmed his retirement announcement in an email message he sent me this afternoon.
All of the county department heads report to Benko as county administrative office except for the finance director.
Benko and Finance Director Wes Geddings report directly to the five members of the Board of Commissioners.
Benko served with Melvin Davis until Davis’ retirement at Chair of the Board of Commissioners at the end of last year.
Benko lives at 1391 Summit Drive outside Watkinsville.