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City Staff

Approximately 240 professionals in municipal services, operations, fire and police comprise the City Staff of Johns Creek. If you combined all the years of work experience of these professionals – in both public and private sectors – it would total nearly 3,500 years of knowledge, skills and talent working for the City.

Richard A. Carothers
Interim City Attorney

Richard "Dick" Carothers brings nearly 40 years of professional legal experience to his position as interim City Attorney for Johns Creek.

He was admitted into both the Georgia and Ohio state bars in 1976, following his graduation from Emory University School of Law.

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Richard A. Carothers, interim City Attorney

Warren Hutmacher
City Manager

Warren Hutmacher brings 17 years of experience in municipal government to his position as the City Manager of Johns Creek. Most recently he served as City Manager for Dunwoody, Georgia, joining when the city was founded in 2008.

A native of New Jersey, he earned a master's degree in Public Administration from Ohio State University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware. He is a member of the International City Managers Association (ICMA) and the Georgia City/County Managers Association.

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Warren Hutmacher, City Manager

Monte Vavra
Finance Director

Vavra joined Johns Creek in 2007, bringing 30 years municipal government finance experience.

Most recently, he served as Finance Director for Marietta, Ga., managing Accounting, Budgeting, Business License, Property Tax, and Purchasing. Vavra also served as Finance Officer for Estes Park, Co. for 16 years and an accountant for Sioux Falls, SD for eight years.

A Certified Government Finance Officer, Vavra served as Vice President of the Colorado GFOA and has served on the Georgia GFOA Board.

Monte Vavra, Finance Director

Ed Densmore
Police Chief

A Michigan native, Densmore was appointed Police Chief with the launch of the JCPD in 2008. Prior to that, he served as Alpharetta's Police Chief, having been on that city's force since 1996, rising through the ranks. He began his law enforcement career in 1992 on patrol with the Decatur Georgia Police Department.

Densmore holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, and is a graduate of the Command College at Columbus State University and the FBI National Academy.

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Ed Densmore, Police Chief

Jeff Hogan
Fire Chief

The JCFD is led by Fire Chief Jeff Hogan, who served many years with the Fulton County Fire Department before helping establish the JCFD.

He has more than 28 years of professional firefighting experience in Metro Atlanta.

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Jeff Hogan, Fire Chief

Tom Black
Public Works Director

Tom Black came to Johns Creek in July 2011 from Sandy Springs, where he served as Director of Public Works. Black's resume includes more than 40 years of engineering and construction-related experience in the public and private sectors.

Among his achievements are 10 years in DeKalb County Public Works Department, seven years as director, and two years as president of Land Development for Legacy Communities and Legacy Investment Group.

Tom Black, Public Works Director

Mary Ann Haskins, SPHR
Human Resources / Support Services Director

Haskins has 15 years of senior-level human resource management experience. At the time she joined the City of Johns Creek in July 2009, she was a senior HR consultant working with various private and public organizations, including the city. Prior to this, she served as Director, Human Resources for Cypress Communications and has held multiple HR Director and Vice President roles since the mid-1990s in the Metro Atlanta Area.

She earned her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources in 2005.

Mary Ann Haskins, HR Director

Grant Hickey
Community Relations & Communications Director

Grant Hickey became Community Relations and Communications director in October 2010 after serving as special projects coordinator for three years. An 11-year resident of the Johns Creek area, he played an active role in starting up the City.

Hickey brings 23 years' management experience in multiple fields.

Grant Hickey, Community Relations Director

Mike Williams
Community Development Director

Williams brings 28 years of experience working for municipal and county planning departments, most recently as Director of Planning and Development with Gwinnett County, Ga.

Previously, Williams worked in the planning departments of Fulton County, Ga. and St. Tammany Parish, La.

He joined Johns Creek in November 2006.

Mike Williams, Community Development Director

Joan Jones
City Clerk

A native of Georgia, Jones joined the City of Johns Creek as its City Clerk in November 2006.

She brings 14 years of experience in municipal government to her position, most recently serving as the City Clerk of Jonesboro, Georgia from 2002 to 2006.

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Joan Jones, City Clerk