The County Manager is the Chief Operating Officer of the County appointed by the Board of Commissioners to direct day-to-day functions of the government and carry out policies set by the commission. The Administration staff includes the following:
- County Manager – Justin Strickland
- County Clerk – Sylvia Russell
- Deputy County Clerk – Martyna Currington-Jenkins
- County Attorney – Wayne Jernigan
Duties and Responsibilities
Administration directly oversees the following departments:
- Facilities Maintenance
- Financial Services
- Record Keeping
- Human Resources
- Solid Waste
- Budget Administration
- Emergency Medical Services
- Roads/Public Works
- Tax Assessment Office
- Building Inspection, Code Enforcement, & Zoning
- Emergency Management
- Election & Registration Office
Justin Strickland joined Marion County as the county manager in August 2019. He has a background in government service as a city facilities and project manager. Justin’s professional goal has been to become a city or county manager, applying his strengths and skill sets to help others and be involved in the community. He has earned a master’s degree in teaching from Piedmont College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Georgia. He is working on a master’s degree in public administration through Georgia College & State University (projected completion 2020).
Justin grew up in Hartwell, Georgia, and has always desired to be back in a small community. The move to Marion County has given him that opportunity. Justin and his wife, Whitney (a registered nurse), have two children: Benjamin and Ash.
Sylvia Russell has worked for Marion County since 2018 and was appointed County Clerk in January 2020. She has a corporate background in general administration, systems analysis, and legal support. She has served as a volunteer with Marion County Recreation Department and Tourism Team.
Sylvia is a Marion County native and lives in the county with her husband and two sons.
Open Record Requests
Open record requests or requests for information about the Board of Commissioners agenda items should be directed to the County Clerk. Please download and fill out the Open Records Request Form before contacting.