Marietta school board appoints chief operations officer

The Marietta Board of Education has named Erick Hofstetter as Chief Operations Officer for Marietta City Schools.

He replaces recently retired Executive Director Danny Smith who served MCS for 39 years.

Hofstetter previously served as COO for the Gilmer County School System in North Georgia.

He brings seven years of experience as a teacher and 11 years of administrative experience, including four as an assistant principal, four as a principal and three as COO.

Hofstetter is pursuing a doctorate degree in Education Leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he earned a specialist degree in the same subject area.

He also holds a master of science degree in Education Leadership and a bachelor of science degree in Secondary Education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

As COO and a member of the Superintendent's Cabinet, Hofstetter will provide leadership for all operational support concerning district-wide services.

Those services include school nutrition, purchasing, facilities maintenance and construction, transportation, school safety, system records maintenance and retention, warehouse, property, facility use and rental, policy development, supply services and other critical system operations.

"The Chief Operations Officer is an important position for any school system," said MCS Superintendent Dr. Emily Lembeck.

"Erick Hofstetter's previous experience aligns with the needs and expectations of Marietta City Schools, and I believe he will bring a high level of expertise to MCS," she added.