County Manager, Byron Lombard
1034 Silver Drive, Suite 201
Greensboro, GA 30642
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Byron is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Business Management. He has lived in Greene County since 1989, though he first started frequenting family owned property in Greene County back in 1979. Byron has always been involved in our community by coaching soccer and Little League baseball, refereeing soccer games, and volunteering for the Walker Church Fire Department. He became Assistant Chief of the department in 1990 and later was named Fire Chief in 1996. At that time he was the youngest Fire Chief in the State. He is also a certified Intermediate Level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-I) that regularly responds to medical emergencies in service to the citizens of Greene County, in addition to being the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director for Greene County. He started in County Government as Public Works Director in 1997 and was later hired as the County Manager in 1999.
The County Manager is the chief executive officer for the county. The manager’s responsibilities include oversight of the day-to-day activities of county employees who are not employees of a constitutional officer. Other responsibilities include fiduciary responsibilities, public relations, policy implementation, and coordination of county activities. The County Manager is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and serves at their pleasure.
Greene County utilizes a Commission-Manager form of county government. Under this structure, the board of commissioners fills the primary policy-making role and oversees the executive functions of the county, but assigns the day-to-day duties of the executive role to an expert manager whom the board selects based on administrative qualifications and experience. The County Manager is granted substantial executive authority commensurate with primary (though not ultimate) executive responsibility.
The manager is responsible for effectively coordinating the various county departments and agencies. Typical duties include:
- Supervising the conduct of county employees
- Appointing and removing county employees
- Administering county laws, ordinances, and resolutions
- Exercising control over county departments and agencies
- Preparing an annual budget
- Informing the governing authority about the financial conditions and needs of the county and maintaining accurate records reflecting its financial affairs
- Examining the accounts and records of county departments
- Supervising the performance of contracts
- Regulating purchases of county supplies and materials
- Performing all other duties delegated by the governing authority
The County Manager’s Office is located in the County Administrative Building at 1034 Silver Drive, Suite 201, in Greensboro. The County Manager appropriately attends statewide meetings to represent Greene County, works closely with the Georgia Department of Transportation and other State agencies on projects important to Greene County, utilizes and assists partner organizations such as the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission and Association of County Commissioners of Georgia including serving on various boards and committees of these organizations, and is often directly involved in ongoing projects taking place for the benefit of our citizens.
The Board of Commissioners and Byron feels strongly that public safety is one of the most paramount and fundamental responsibilities of local government, and as EMA Director, he is routinely engaged in training and planning for emergency response, working closely with the public safety agencies that manage daily emergencies, and responding to significant emergencies to assist in delivering the emergency aid our citizens deserve.
The County Manager’s regular working hours are from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday excluding observed holidays, though Byron’s collective duties often require that he work outside of these hours. Byron desires to be accessible to the public and encourages any interested citizen to contact him by email, phone, or at the office to receive their input, discuss their concerns, provide information, and/or share perspective. As the County Manager’s duties require Byron to be engaged in a hosts of projects, meetings, and other matters both within the office environment and out in the field, anyone interested in meeting with Byron is encouraged to schedule an appointment, though he regularly accommodates anyone stopping in the office if at all possible feeling strongly that the citizens’ time and concerns are important.