The Cobb Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to extend Hankerson’s contract for three years, receiving applause from county employees in attendance.
Hankerson, 67, has been with Cobb since 1984 and became county manager in 1993. He says he’s ready to move forward with the business of the county.
“Cobb has been a great place to work, great employees, place to live,” Hankerson said.
Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents southeast Cobb, cast the lone vote against extending the contract.
Ott says his concern isn’t Hankerson’s performance but the length of the contract extension.
“My concern is just with the length,” Ott said.
Hankerson said it’s not unusual for professional contracts to be between three and five years.
Hankerson withdrew his name from being considered as the new county manager of Fulton County in May. He was one of three finalists for that position.
A spokeswoman for Fulton Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves told MDJ earlier this month that Hankerson didn’t have the needed votes from the seven-member board to be hired.
Cobb Chairman Tim Lee says Hankerson’s experience is needed to lead the county over the next year when Cobb will take on important projects like welcoming the Atlanta Braves to a new stadium in the county, implementing a strategic plan and changes in the county’s method of budgeting.
“He’s been instrumental in a lot of success,” Lee said.
Hankerson joined the county in 1984 as community development director and was promoted to county manager in 1993. The last amendment to his contract was approved Jan. 27, 2011, and will expire Jan. 31, 2014.
His contract has been extended seven times in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2013.
Hankerson receives a base salary of $246,923 and total compensation of $274,007. He can receive the same 3 percent merit increase all county employees are eligible for under his contract.
Hankerson, who lives in west Cobb with his wife, Janet, has four children and two grandchildren.
In unrelated business, the commission held a public hearing Tuesday on its plan to spend about $100,000 on a lobbyist who would represent the county at both the federal and state levels. No one spoke at that hearing.