Applause and cheers were heard across Gwinnett this spring as Charlotte Nash secured her role as chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners with more than 55 percent of votes. She now serves the unexpired portion of former Chairman Charles Bannister”s term, as only the second woman to lead the Board of Commissioners.
County Leadership, Part Deux
Although this is Nash”s first time to serve as an elected official, this is not her first “so-called rodeo”# with Gwinnett County Government. She had a 27-year career with the county until her retirement in 2004, holding positions as Grants Manager, Budget Director, Director of Financial Services and ultimately, a nine-year tenure as County Administrator. Nash has managed 24 annual budgets and implemented capital budgeting and long-term financial planning processes. Prior to being elected chairman, she had a successful consulting business that specialized in governmental and public financial strategy and management.
But you have to ask: Why run now? Why take the risk and leap in these challenging economic times, both locally and nationally?
For Nash, a native Gwinnettian who lives in Dacula, it comes down to a belief that serving in times of challenge offers high rewards and the ability to make significant progress in the right direction. She believes her leadership experience and unique background was just what the county needed to get back on track. So, she stopped standing on the sidelines and got in the ring.
“Spending over 27 years with the county in various positions, I know a lot about the county structure, state law and local ordinances, in which the county government has to operate, and the budget inside and out. Anybody who knows anything about local government knows that you drive policy at the local level through the budget,”# Nash says.