Henry government veteran named new county manager

Henry County has a new county manager.

Cheri Hobson-Matthews was appointed to the position at a county commission special-called board meeting on Wednesday. She succeeds Lyndon Bonner who was ousted in January as the county seeks to move in a new direction with new county management leadership, the county’s incoming chair June Wood said at the time.

Hobson-Matthews, a McDonough resident, has been a county government employee for 15 years, mostly recently as assistant county manager.

As county manager, Hobson-Matthews will oversee 1,700 employees and a budget of more than $137 million.

Hobson-Matthews has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and bachelor of science degree in Community Planning and Urban Studies. Both degrees are from Alabama A&M University.

The county manager search was conducted internally and initially drew 15 candidates.

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