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, Justin Strickland
  • County Clerk, Lea Elliott
  • Assistant County Clerk, Sylvia Russell
  • County Attorney, Wayne Jernigan

Duties and Responsibilities

Administration directly oversees the following departments:

  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Financial Services
  • Purchasing
  • Record Keeping
  • Human Resources
  • Solid Waste Billing
  • Budget Administration
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Roads/Public Works
  • Water Department
  • Recreation Department
  • Tax Assessment Office
  • Building Inspection & Zoning
  • Emergency Management
  • Election Office

County Manager

Justin Strickland

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.

County Clerk

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.

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