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  • After 20 years of leading Cherokee County, Jerry Cooper will retire at the end of this month. Cooper began his career in public administration in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after serving in the U.S. Navy and graduating from the University of Arkansas. The job market relocated him to Newnan and then to Woodstock as city manager. When he was hired as the county manager, he never thought he would finish his career in one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia.

    “The average tenure of a county manager is seven to eight years, so I did not think back then that I would be retiring from Cherokee County 20 years later,” Cooper said. “I have enjoyed working with the best commissioners and employees in the country. We arrive every day to work as a team to make Cherokee County a great place to raise a family, live, work, and play for our great residents.”

    Over the last 20 years, Cherokee County has grown by more than 100,000, as people find a suburban locale with great amenities, schools, and low taxes. Cherokee County has the lowest tax burden in the metro-Atlanta region, something Cooper – and Commission Chairman Harry Johnston – feel is one of Cooper’s biggest accomplishments.

    “Other counties in Georgia don’t even come close to the combination of excellent services and low taxes Cherokee County provides,” Johnston said. “Jerry Cooper is the principal architect of the financial management and policies that give Cherokee County its exceptional value.”
  • After 20 years of leading Cherokee County, Jerry Cooper will retire at the end of this month. Cooper began his career in public administration in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after serving in the U.S. Navy and graduating from the University of Arkansas. The job market relocated him to Newnan and then to Woodstock as city manager. When he was hired as the county manager, he never thought he would finish his career in one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia.

    “The average tenure of a county manager is seven to eight years, so I did not think back then that I would be retiring from Cherokee County 20 years later,” Cooper said. “I have enjoyed working with the best commissioners and employees in the country. We arrive every day to work as a team to make Cherokee County a great place to raise a family, live, work, and play for our great residents.”

    Over the last 20 years, Cherokee County has grown by more than 100,000, as people find a suburban locale with great amenities, schools, and low taxes. Cherokee County has the lowest tax burden in the metro-Atlanta region, something Cooper – and Commission Chairman Harry Johnston – feel is one of Cooper’s biggest accomplishments.

    “Other counties in Georgia don’t even come close to the combination of excellent services and low taxes Cherokee County provides,” Johnston said. “Jerry Cooper is the principal architect of the financial management and policies that give Cherokee County its exceptional value.”

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