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Hall County Commission appoints Randy Knighton as County Administrator
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Hall County Commission appoints Randy Knighton as County Administrator

Hall County --  (from Nikki Young, PIO)

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to appoint Hall County Planning Director Randy Knighton to the position of County Administrator, effective immediately. Mr. Knighton has been a Hall County employee since 2002.

“Randy has been a valuable asset to Hall County as Planning Director. With his planning experience and educational background in public administration, he promises to be a strong administrator who will lead this county in a positive direction,” Chairman Tom Oliver said.

Mr. Knighton served as Hall County Senior Planner for four years before accepting the position of Planning Director in 2006. Mr. Knighton earned his Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degrees from the University of Central Florida, and a Master of Divinity from Emory University. He has 18 years of experience in planning. He previously worked for the Orange County Planning Department (Orlando, Fla.), the City of Orlando Planning Department, and the Osceola County Planning Department (Kissimmee, Fla.). Mr. Knighton is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and the American Planning Association (APA).

Mr. Knighton and his wife, Debbie, have two children and live in Gwinnett County.

“I appreciate the opportunity afforded me by the Board of Commissioners. It has been an immensely rewarding experience to serve the citizens of Hall County for the past eight and a half years. I look forward to challenges and opportunities before us. I welcome the chance to work with the citizens, staff and elected officials in this new capacity to make Hall County an even better place to live and work,” Mr. Knighton said.

Interim County Administrator Jock Connell, who has been with the county since Jan. 6, will aid Mr. Knighton in the transition until his contract expires Aug. 7.

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