Cobb native named Cobb Community Development director

Jessica Guinn is the new director of Cobb County’s Community Development Agency. (Courtesy of Cobb County)
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Jessica Guinn is the new director of Cobb County’s Community Development Agency. (Courtesy of Cobb County)

Cobb County native Jessica Guinn was approved 5-0 on March 26 by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners as the Community Development Agency director.

“I am so excited for this opportunity to come and serve my hometown and to work with the great staff here and the board,” Guinn told the commissioners.

Guinn has been the assistant city manager in Dunwoody.

Of Guinn, Cobb County Manager Rob Hosack said, “She is a visionary administrator who has worked in various sized governments as a Community Development leader. Jessica will bring a unique perspective to improve upon our positive community development initiatives in Cobb County.”

Dunwoody City Manager Eric Linton said Guinn made a clear impact as project manager for the renovation of the new Dunwoody City Hall which was finished on time and under budget in 2018.

She also took the lead in the development of “Create Dunwoody,” the arts and culture master plan that will guide the city’s arts and cultural initiatives, Linton added.

Most recently, Guinn was involved extensively in achieving the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Dunwoody and DeKalb County related to the administration of emergency medical services, leading to better coverage and ambulance response times for patients in Dunwoody, Linton said.

Residing in the Acworth area, Guinn graduated from McEachern High and earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree in Public Administration from Kennesaw State University.