Gwinnett voters have approved the one-penny SPLOST sales tax seven times since 1985. This year, on November 5, it will be on the ballot again.

In this – my second column for the Gwinnett Citizen – I’ll talk a bit about why I enjoy serving you as a leader in our county government. We’ve faced significant challenges in recent years, but local residents and County staff met all them head-on, and I’m proud to say that success still lives here.

I was pleased when the editors of The Gwinnett Citizen asked me to write a regular column about the county government. As a 27-year employee, I believe I have some relevant experience especially in the financial and budget areas. For the last nine of those years, I served as the appointed County Administrator. After a brief retirement, I became an elected official for the first time in my life, serving as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners since March 2011.

County government has changed a lot over those years