Marion County Administration Staff

The County Administrator is the Chief Operating Officer appointed by the Board of Commissioners to direct day-to-day functions of the government and carry out policies set by the commission. The Administrator staff includes the following:

  • County Manager, Jason Tinsley
  • County Clerk, Lea Elliott
  • Assistant County Clerk, Sylvia Russell
  • County Attorney, Wayne Jernigan

Duties and Responsibilities

Administration directly oversees the following departments:

  • Building Maintenance
  • Financial Services
  • Purchasing
  • Human Resources
  • Solid Waste Billing
  • Budget Administration

Jason Tinsley

Jason Tinsley received both his Bachelor of Political Science and Master of City Management from East Tennessee State University. He has worked in County Government since 2003. His more recent roles include Senior Management and Budget Analyst for Leon County (FL), Assistant County Manager and Finance Director for Habersham County (GA), County Administrator for Wayne County (GA), and City Manager for the City of Jefferson (GA). Jason has also served as a consultant to the Carl Vinson Institute of Government developing an online government finance course for revenue administration.

Tinsley is active with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) having served on the Revenue & Finance Policy Committee, as well as serving as a Design Team Member for ACCG’s Lifelong Learning Academy. Jason is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Georgia City/County Management Association.  

He has completed the Georgia Academy for Economic Development Courses and is a graduate of Leadership Wayne (Jesup, GA.)  Tinsley also serves as a voting member of the Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority, tasked with enhancing commerce and trade opportunities within the Columbus, Georgia Region.

Jason and his wife Kaylyn have three young sons. He enjoys coaching his sons in youth sports, running, hiking and spending time on the Georgia Coast with his family.

Lea Elliot

Professional Experience

Mrs. Elliott has been working with Marion County for 11 years. She started as the deputy clerk in 2007 and worked in the position for 8 years. In 2015, she began as the county clerk and continues to use her talents to make Marion County more efficient.

Personal Experience

Mrs. Elliot has been married for 27 years to Mr. Terry Elliott and she also has two children. Their names are Jessica Camp and Brook Barns. She has also been a resident of Marion County for 15 years.

Open Record Requests

Open record requests or requests for information about the Board of Commissioners agenda items should be direct to County Clerk, Lea Elliott. Please fill out Public Agenda Application before contacting.

Public Agenda Application