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County Manager

Email: d***@***.us
Forsyth County Schools
110 East Main Street
Cumming, Georgia 30040
United States

Company Description: Forsyth County Schools serves over 28,000 students and is the largest employer in the county with over 3,500 full-time employees and 1,000 substitutes. Currently,...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • double Bachelor's of Science Degree , Public Administration and Criminal Justice
    Brenau College
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Forsyth County Government :: Administration, 7 May 2014 [cached]
Doug Derrer
Doug Derrer County Manager 770.781.2101 Phone 770.781.2199 Fax
Board Members - Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, 18 Mar 2014 [cached]
Doug Derrer, Forsyth County Manager
On Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at ..., 30 Sept 2013 [cached]
On Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 2:02 p.m., in the Commissioners' Conference Room of the Forsyth County Administration Building, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session with the following persons present: Ralph J. Amos - Chairman, Jim Boff -Vice Chairman, Todd Levent - Member, Cindy Jones Mills - Member, Doug Derrer - County Manager, Tim Merritt - Deputy County Manager, Ken Jarrard - County Attorney, Sonya Bush - Clerk and Cindy Henderson - Deputy Clerk.
Doug Derrer, County Manager, reviewed the Sanders Road Event Chronology.
Doug Derrer, County Manager, reviewed the Mason Street Parking Facility site plan with the Board.
In an e-mail, Forsyth County Manager ..., 25 Oct 2011 [cached]
In an e-mail, Forsyth County Manager Doug Derrer explained that detailed plans are not necessary when it comes to estimating the cost of building the facilities.
"A firm was hired to conduct a space needs analysis to determine the space and functional requirements for the jail expansion and the courthouse," Derrer wrote. "Based on that report, the firm estimated the cost of construction."
He added that the estimated cost was based on several factors and by applying methodology used and accepted throughout the industry.
"Considering the potential cost associated with developing detailed architectural plans and project programming, the fiscally responsible approach is to develop detailed plans after [the referendum] is approved," Derrer said.
County commissioners voted 5-0 to increase ..., 5 May 2011 [cached]
County commissioners voted 5-0 to increase Doug Derrer's salary to $158,757 from $130,000, or about a 22 percent increase.
He will also receive a higher yearly auto allowance of $7,211, up from $6,000.
When Derrer was hired as county manager in 2009, his contract specified that the county would undertake a wage and salary survey.
Commissioner Todd Levent noted that Derrer had more years of government experience, at 20, than the average of other county managers included in the survey, which was 13.7.
Chairman Brian Tam said Derrer's performance on the job merited the increase.
Derrer, a Hall County government retiree, joined Forsyth as deputy county manager in January 2008.
Tam noted that Derrer filled those roles during the gaps and made some "positive hires" to those positions.
Mr. Derrer accepted this position for much less than he could make elsewhere and did it without a CFO or Deputy county manager. I stay informed about the county's expenses, and this raise represents less than 2% of what he has saved the county in many ways, which includes facilitating the exit of unproductive employees. Mr. Derrer is a true public servant. He has a legally binding contract but relieved the County of fulfilling that contract by giving up his holidays, furloughs and raises just like everyone else.
As for my fellow taxpayers, Mr. Derrer has more than made up for this raise and will continue to do so. It cost the county millions to hire consultants to make up for the lack of knowledge of previous managers. The County doesn't have to spend money on those services with Mr. Derrer's abilities.
As a former employee I think Mr. Derrer's compensation is well deserved. For the first time Forsyth County has a manager who is demanding some much needed accountability. Unlike former managers, he does not fraternize with departmental heads. I think he is doing an exceptional job and I am glad that he did not fold when he had to handle some tiresome personnel issues. I, too, went without pay increases but was always glad to have a job. Had Mr. Derrer not been hired I strongly believe that there would have been more layoffs.
a raise - okay but lets be serious, Mr. Derrer don't you think you might be showing your derriere in accepting this outrageous increase at a time when so many others are struggling???
Mr. Derrer's a great county manager. I've no doubt he's entitled to a raise; maybe even a 22% raise.
It's obvious, based on the comments made, that they were not voting in their representative capacity as a commissioner of this county, but rather, on their personal opinions based upon their work with Mr. Derrer. He now earns substantially more than our sheriff, our clerk of court, our judges, & every other elected official in Forsyth County. If they had been good guardians of our financial resources, they would've realized that this raise cost us more than the $28,000 increase in salary or $1211 increase in car allowance - it cost us efficiency in government and county employees' morale. Whether he deserved it, earned it, needed it or not - NOW WAS NOT THE TIME.
Another issue I have, is why do we have a county manager that doesn't live in this county? I believe our commissioners need to make it a requirement of employment that the county manager actually RESIDE in Forsyth County. How can a county manager have the best interests of the county he manages at heart when he doesn't even live there?
Finally, I have but one comment for Mr. Derrer.
I do not know Mr. Derrer personally, but have heard he has done a great job. I have also heard of others in the county that do a great job, but I don't see their jobs mentioned to give them a pay raise....Right now our county budget can not handle any increases. I feel Mr. Derrer should graciously thank the commissioners, but for the good of the county and the other employees, should decline the pay raise and increase in auto expense.....Of course this is only my opinion, but as a hard working tax payer, that would be the right thing to do.
Believe it or not, most first responders enjoy helping the citizens of the county and are held to standards that even Mr. Derrer is unaware of, or held to himself.
Regardless of his actions during his time as County Manager, this is an unacceptable show of cronyism by the commissioners. I think someone needs to take a good hard look at the inactions of Mr. Derrer while in that same office. Flat out unacceptable.
However turning around and giving the realized savings to Mr. Derrer in the form of a salary increase does not save ME money.
Nor will Mr. Derrer himself, a resident of Hall County.
I wish all "retirees" could be as fortunate as Mr. Derrer.
If you fault Mr. Derrer for not living in the county then you have to consider a huge number of other county servants as well. I know of one department with 30+/- employees and 50% live outside of the county. I am sure that there are more than enough taxpaying Forsyth County residents who have long been unemployed from the private sector, with no benefits, retirement, etc. that would be glad to have those positions with compensation and benefits. Please give this team a chance to get rid of the dead weight and waste that seems to always be part of government. If no one has any problem with the compensation range for the 2 director positions posted on Forsyth County's website then Mr. Derrer's salary shouldn't be an issue.
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