Robinson named assistant county manager
Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 26, 2019
The Forsyth County Government has announced that Shontell Robinson has been promoted to the position of assistant county manager.
After conducting a nationwide search, Robinson emerged as the top candidate for this important leadership position. She currently serves as the county’s human resources director, a position she’s held since 2014. She has more than 20 years experience in human resources. Her new position will be effective Jan. 1.
Robinson succeeds Deputy County Manager Ronda Tatum, who is retiring this month after a career in local government budget and management spanning 30 years, with 26 of those years spent in service to Forsyth County. Tatum is credited with many accomplishments during her tenure with the county, including interim leadership roles as the governing boards of the Social Services and Public Health departments merged into their current consolidated structure.
This position oversees both human services agencies and includes an executive role in support of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Board. On Dec. 18, the HSS Board consented to the county manager’s recommendation to appoint Robinson to this position.
“I know I speak for the Health and Human Services Board when I say we are delighted to welcome Shontell into her new leadership role,” said HSS Board Chair Phil Seats. “We expect Shontell will be a key figure in the evolution of Health and Human Services in Forsyth County.”
County Manager Watts expressed deep appreciation for Tatum’s dedication and service to the county, and believes that Robinson is exceptionally qualified to continue the efforts to improve the complex systems that impact our citizens.
“Ronda has been a really outstanding deputy county manager, and we’ll miss her.” said County Commissioner Chair David Plyler. “Shontell’s been a terrific human resources director, and she’s a fantastic choice to be the next assistant county manager.”