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Fulton County names strategy leader Anna Roach chief operating officer

Anna Roach, Fulton County’s chief strategy officer, will become the county’s new chief operating officer.

Roach, who has been with the county government for five years, takes over the job from Todd Long, who left in June to work in the transportation industry. Long was instrumental in getting a transportation tax passed in Fulton in 2016.

In her new role, Roach will have oversight of the county’s public-facing departments. In her previous role with the county, she was responsible for developing and executing Fulton’s strategic plan and setting up a performance management plan.

Dick Anderson, the county manager, said in a statement that Roach’s leadership skills make her a natural fit for the role.

“She is an innovator whose contributions to Fulton County have already accelerated our progress in areas of behavioral health, justice, and performance management,” he said.

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Prior to joining the county, Roach was a criminal defense attorney and consultant to government agencies, including the city of East Point, the Georgia Division of Aging Services and MARTA. She was also an administrative law judge in New York and head of the legal and policy unit for Washington, D.C.

Roach was one of 12 applicants for the job, which she begins Wednesday. The chief strategy officer position will remain open, for now.

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