CUMMING, GA — Forsyth County will soon have its first assistant county manager, Garrin Coleman. Coleman will join the Forsyth County family after bidding farewell to Sandy Springs, where he ensured the city’s public infrastructure meets the high standards its residents as the city’s public works director.
Coleman will oversee Forsyth’s Engineering, Recycling & Solid Waste, Fleet Services and Public Facilities departments. He will also serve as the executive manager for all transportation related activities and responsibilities, and will be the county’s key contact with the Georgia Department of Transportation.
City Manager John McDonough recognized Coleman at the City Council’s March 20 meeting for his several years of service to the city of Sandy Springs.
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Coleman was named director of public works in Sandy Springs in 2012. Before that, he served as deputy director of the department, capital program manager and the contracted Transportation Planning Division manager for Sandy Springs, and worked as a land development manager with Lowes Engineers, LLC.
"Transportation is without question a major focus for Forsyth County government," said County Manager Eric Johnson. "The new assistant county manager position was created to provide a central point-of-contact between Forsyth County and entities such as the Georgia Department of Transportation, Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, Development Authority of Forsyth County and the city of Cumming regarding regional transportation development efforts. Garrin brings to this position a wide variety of experience and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the staff."
Coleman has a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from The University of Georgia and an MBA in real estate from Georgia State University. He is a Georgia professional civil engineer, a Georgia land surveyor in training and a GSWCC Level II certified designer. He is a member of the American Public Works Association and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Coleman’s first day on the job with Forsyth County will be April 9. City spokesperson Sharon Kraun said "it’s important that we fill the position with the right person," so the city’s timeline in replacing Coleman, who is "leaving big shoes to fill," will meet that goal.
Patch Editor Kristal Dixon contributed to this reporting.
Photo courtesy City of Sandy Springs