County Manager: Jim Walker
The County Manager reports to a six-member Board of Commissioners, administers a $122 million annual budget and manages the daily operations of a county with more than 1,580 employees. Henry County consistently ranks as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States and is recognized as a premier location for business expansion, within minutes from the world’s busiest airport.
Email: Jim Walker
Assistant County Manager:
Cheri Hobson-Matthews began her professional career in 2001 with city, county and federal experience. She is a graduate and Eisenhower Fellow of Alabama A&M University. Cheri received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Planning and Urban Studies specializing in Environmental Planning, and earned her Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning specializing in transportation planning. She has been a member of the American Planning Association since 1995, and previously worked with the City of Decatur in Alabama and the Federal Highway Administration-Department of Transportation in Washington, DC.
Cheri began her career with Henry County in 2002 as a Planner II and was promoted within the organization to Chief Planner, then to Director and Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning and Director of Transportation Planning, where she managed a $1.2 million Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which won top honors from the Georgia Planning Association for Outstanding Planning Document. She most recently served as the Interim Division Director for the Community Development Division in which she supervised the Planning and Zoning, Building, GIS and Community Development Block Grant departments.
In her role as Assistant County Manager she will assist in planning, directing and managing the activities of the county government and will provide direct leadership to multiple mission-critical departments. Additionally, she will assist the County Manager with special projects, strategic planning, project and contract management and budget preparation. She will also provide assistance with coordination of intergovernmental, public and private initiatives, as well as issue policy statements and provide management reports.
Cheri resides in Henry County with her husband and two daughters.
Email: Cheri Hobson-Matthews