Oconee County Commissioners, following an executive session of just less than 40 minutes, today (Wednesday) announced that Justin Kirouac, assistant city manager of Johns Creek, is the sole finalist for the position of county administrator.
The Board of Commissioners is expected to take final action on the appointment at its meeting on July 11, according to Commission Chair John Daniell.
Kirouac is to replace Jeff Benko, who announced on Feb. 15 that he wished to retire effective July 1. Benko has said he can be flexible on the final date of employment.
Daniell said the county will enter into contract negotiations with Kirouac “over the next several days.”
Kirouac has worked for the city of Johns Creek, in northeast Fulton County, since 2007 and has been assistant city manager since April of 2015.
Johns Creek first incorporated in 2006 and had a population of 83,873 as of July 1, 2016, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
Oconee County's population on July 1, 2016, was estimated at 36,838 by the Census Bureau.
As assistant city manager, Kirouac has responsibilities for strategic planning, departmental oversight, and budget formulation, according to his application materials.
Kirouac previously served Johns Creek as interim community development director, deputy director of community development, and planning and zoning administrator.
Kirouac also has worked for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, the Georgia Municipal Association, and the City of Duluth.
He holds a Master's of Public Administration degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. He graduated from Duluth High School.
The county announced today’s called meeting of the Board of Commissions just before noon yesterday. The stated purpose was to go into executive session to discuss personnel.
I did not attend the meeting, but Daniell told me that it lasted 38 minutes and that the Commission took no formal action when it reconvened in open session.
Daniell said the county received nearly 40 applications, which were reviewed by all five BOC members.
The county interviewed five applicants before deciding on Kerouac, Daniell said.
Benko became county administrative officer on Sept. 1, 2012, replacing retiring administrative officer Alan Theriault.
The title of the position was changed to county administrator earlier this year.